Graphite sketch of Norman Ade Clark by Vincenzo Poggi
Graphite sketch of Norman Ade Clark by internee Vincezo Poggi. Poggi's signature is visible in the lower right corner.
Clark was an Englishman who was interned at Camp Fredericton along with a number of German and Italian merchant marines and German Canadians. Italian Canadian internees were transferred from Petawawa to Fredericton in July 1942. According to an account written by Vincenzo Poggi regarding an incident that occurred in the camp, Poggi began to teach Clark the art of painting in April of 1942. He was soon targeted by a group of Italian Canadian internees who accused him of working with a Mounted Police spy and an English spy. Poggi continued to work with Clark and referred to his relations with Clark as being "purely of a professional nature." However, due to a number of altercations with internee Nello Trasciatti and his group Poggi was compelled to stop giving lessons to Clark in order to "keep the peace" and protect himself.