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11th July 2022

We are on holiday this week and plan to spend most of it sitting in the garden enjoying the sunshine. Above is The Garden at Maurecourt, c. 1884, by Berthe Morisot, which is in the Toledo Museum of Art.

8th July 2022

This picture by Grace Golden is at the National Archives, it's  called 'Demobilisation' and is undated but is presumably 1945 or 1946. It all looks curiously clean and neat and almost jolly for a country that has been at war for six years but maybe that is an illusion.

7th July 2022

Grace Golden was born in East London and studied art at Chelsea School of Art under J. D. Revel 1920-23, then at the Royal College of Art under William Rothenstein and also at the Regent Street Polytechnic. She exhibited six works at the Royal Academy from 1936-40, firstly from an address in Mornington Crescent in London NW1 and then from Parkway, also in NW1. She also exhibited at The Fine Art Society and The Leicester Galleries. During World War II she was commissioned to produce paintings of important buildings and landmarks, mainly in London. Her work is represented in several public collections, including The Tate Gallery, The Imperial War Museum, The Postal Museum, and Southwark Art Collection.  Thos drawing is called 'Ladies Fitting Room'.

6th July 2022

An Emergency Food Office 1941 is at the Imperial War Museum.

5th July 2022


Grace Golden The Postal Museum. Her Wikipedia entry calls her an illustrator. Interesting. What is the difference between and illustrator and a painter?

4th July 2022

One of the people who wrote to us in support of our political posts last week (and we are grateful to each and every one of them) sent this by Grace Golden. It's called 'Free Speech' 1940. Shamefully, we knew very little about Grace Golden so she will feature on the Post this week. More details here at Tate.

1st July 2022

'In 1973 the “viability” standard (when a foetus could live outside the womb) was the most supportable line to draw in determining when a state may not regulate a woman’s right to an abortion, and was adopted by a 7-to-2 majority' here. Nearly fifty years later this has been overturned. Who would ever have believed that in the twenty-first century backstreet abortions would become the norm again? That women whose lives are in danger because of their pregnancy will be sacrificed to their foetus? None of us in the 1970s. And we are rubbing our eyes in disbelief now in 2022.

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