In 1942, Eric Thake created his work Then wrought a tomb, and slept, a linocut that demonstrates his pared back, contemporary style. This work is a part of a series of greeting cards created by Thake during World War II.
In 1941, Thake had begun making these Christmas cards, partly to make money, partly to boost morale. By 1948, the Christmas cards had developed a following and other artists began sending him greeting cards in the hope of receiving one of his works in return.
Geelong Gallery purchased this work in 1986 with thanks to funds provided by the Friends of the Geelong Gallery and the Gallery Grasshoppers.