This reproduction has been taken from an original painting created in a jungle prisoner of war camp in Thailand in 1944, by the camp artist, George Old. He painted Ernest as he imagined he looked when back home in England.
Under difficult conditions, using paper and other materials stolen from the Japanese, the artist made brushes with human hair.
Ernest cut away his beard and trimmed his moustache with scissors borrowed from Australian medics. He shaved by means of an old ground down knife, without the luxury of soap or brush. The painting remained a treasured possession of Ernest's.