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O.C. NEW PLYMOUTH, this day.

When a portrait of Corporal Weslyn John Spencer Hill, with a prisoner-of-war hut in Bavaria, as a background, painted in oils on a piece of canvas, was received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hill, Stratford, some months ago, there was considerable speculation about how the portrait came to be painted. Information about ,this has been given by Corporal Hill, who has returned to Stratford.

The artist was a fellow prisoner of war, an Australian, named Nethercote. His comrades in the camp soon realised that he had considerable talent, which was handicapped in its expression by lack of suitable materials. However, ingenuity and perseverance won the day, and Corporal Hill's portrait was painted on a piece of canvas stripped from a palliasse. Nethercote had 1 a limited supply of paints, and they were blended and mixed with oils "obtained from tins of sardines that the prisoners obtained from Red Cross parcels. Nethercote did several portraits, said Corporal Hill, his own being finished in about three hours. The portrait received'by Corporal Hill's parents was about 18 inches long and 14 inches wide and was conveyed to them by a repatriated prisoner of war who had been associated with their son.

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ARTIST'S INGENUITY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 172, 23 July 1945

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ARTIST'S INGENUITY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 172, 23 July 1945

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