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13th July 2023

In 1928, Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious were commissioned to paint murals to 'cheer up' the walls of Morley College in Lambeth. The paintings generated huge interest and were even visited by the aforementioned Queen Mary. Above is Ravilious’s Life in a Boarding House, depicting multiple overlapping domestic interiors. This cross-section was based on a dolls’ house belonging to Ravilious’s wife Tirzah Garwood (PB 119, Long Live Great Bardfield). On 5th November 1940, devastatingly, the Morley refreshment room and its murals were destroyed in a direct bomb hit.

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