An image of Rear Gunner RAAF (Warrant Officer Norman Williams)

Barbara Tribe

(Australia, England 20 Jun 1913 – 21 Oct 2000)

Rear Gunner RAAF (Warrant Officer Norman Williams)

Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Year
1943
Media
Sculpture
Medium
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
Accession number
220.2015
Copyright
© Barbara Tribe Foundation