Leon Gellert

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Pencil drawing

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21.0 x 17.0 cm
Pencil on paper
Signed lower centre

This fully signed drawing is of a portrait of Norman's good friend, Leon Gellert. Gellert was a soldier, poet, teacher and journalist and enlisted eighteen days after the beginning of World War I. He joined the AIF and landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.

Norman illustrated two books of poetry by Gellert, the most impressive being The Isle of San published in 1919 and containing 120 poems with 5 original etchings by Norman.

Songs of a Campaign was the first edition of poetry by Gellert and was published in 1917 from poems he had written during the war. The third edition, enlarged and illustrated by Norman, was also published in 1917 and the Bulletin hailed it as one of the best verse collections to have come out of the war in the English language. Songs of a Campaign had 80 poems (25 more than previously published) and 16 illustrations by Norman in pen and ink.

The photo of Leon Gellert was taken in 1918 by May Moore.

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