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Title

Rear Gunner RAAF (Warrant Officer Norman Williams)

1943

Artist

Barbara Tribe

Australia, England

20 Jun 1913 - 21 Oct 2000

Alternate image of Rear Gunner RAAF (Warrant Officer Norman Williams) by Barbara Tribe
Alternate image of Rear Gunner RAAF (Warrant Officer Norman Williams) by Barbara Tribe
Alternate image of Rear Gunner RAAF (Warrant Officer Norman Williams) by Barbara Tribe
Alternate image of Rear Gunner RAAF (Warrant Officer Norman Williams) by Barbara Tribe
Alternate image of Rear Gunner RAAF (Warrant Officer Norman Williams) by Barbara Tribe
  • Details

    Date
    1943
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    plaster
    Dimensions
    44.0 x 46.0 x 28.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r. verso, incised "Barbara Tribe. 1943/ ...".

    Credit
    Bequest of Barbara Tribe 2015
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    220.2015
    Copyright
    © Barbara Tribe Foundation

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    In 1935, after winning the NSW Travelling Scholarship, Barbara Tribe departed Australia for England, where she was based for the rest of her life. During the Second World War Australia House in London, commissioned seven busts of distinguished Australian airmen by Tribe, including rear gunner Norman Francis Williams (1914-2007). Williams had downed an enemy plane - whilst seriously wounded -over Germany during a fire fight in 1943. He was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry medal by King George. Finished bronze versions of this bust were cast in 1948 and 1968 by John Galizia and Sons Foundry, London, and are located in the collections of the RAF Museum, London, and Australian War Memorial, respectively.

    The bust is an excellent example in demonstrating Tribe's ability to capture expressive human qualities within the tradition of sculptural portraiture.

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