Nguyen Tho, a crayon drawing

Vietnam, signed and dated, 31 May 1965

Men and women preparing printing machines for press

During the American-Vietnam War (1965-75) Vietnamese workers preparing printing machines for press were supplied with arms such as rifles or carbines. Many of the war artists published their work in illustrated newspapers and magazines published in the Quoc ngu script.

Nguyen Tho (born 1945) was at the Middle School of the Fine Arts College, Hanoi before joining the army at the age of twenty. He was still able to continue his studies for three to four months a year during the war, although the college was relocated outisde Hanoi. Nguyen Tho's art was intended to be inspirational for both civilians and the military and his daily involvement in the front line enabled him to record events closely and in great detail.

This crayon drawing is inscribed with the place name Thanh Hoa.

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Nguyen Tho, a crayon drawing

© 2002 Nguyen Tho

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J. Harrison-Hall, Vietnam Behind the Lines: Imag (London, British Museum Press, 2002)


Height: 275.000 mm
Width: 390.000 mm

Museum number

Asia OA 1999.6-30.018


Gift of the British Museum Friends


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