Des Bettany – Roof Leaks

Much of Des’s artwork used humour to raise spirits and improve morale. Here we see the portrayal of a leaky roof – sunlight coming in through a hole. As if such a minor irritation would figure in the serious day-to-day problems of the POWs! It is interesting to study the detail of the everyday objects of the POW, objects stored under the bunks, homemade clogs as footwear, a pipe on the footstool and a hat hanging up. The idea is a typical example of my father’s sense of humour and this artwork has always been a favourite of mine.

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