image: ARP stretcher bearers practice carrying casualties to two motor ambulances, which are visible on the left. They are
watched by a large crowd of people in the background. One of the casualties is carried on a stretcher, the others are walking wounded being
escorted by personnel.
Acquired by the War Artists Advisory Committee under the scheme to encourage the painting of local war activities by
Native-born Colonial artists. The scheme favoured work that avoided imitation of European art. Work was acquired from artists in Uganda,
Kenya, Nigeria, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and Jamaica. Claessen’s painting was exhibited at the National Gallery in 1945, and at the Colonial
Office at UNESCO.
War Artists Advisory Committee purchase as part of the 'Scheme for War Pictures by Native-born Colonial