Item #CL203-54 Fuzzy Wuzzy [sic]. Fred Goss, 1915–2006 Aust.
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Fuzzy Wuzzy [sic]

1943. Pen and ink with wash, titled, signed and dated in pencil in lower margin, 17.8 x 12.7cm. Slight foxing, old mount burn.

This image depicts a portrait of a Papua New Guinean indigenous man. The term “Fuzzy Wuzzy” seems to have originated in the 19th century with the British military referencing the Hadendoa, an East African nomadic tribe. Later the term seems to have been adopted by Rudyard Kipling who titled a 1892 poem “Fuzzy Wuzzy” which describes the “respect of the ordinary British soldier for the bravery of the Hadendoa warriors who fought the British army in the Sudan and Eritrea.” During WWII, Australian soldiers affectionately referred to the indigenous Papua New Guineans, who provided invaluable support for wounded colleagues, as Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels [sic]. Ref:; Wiki.

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