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14 September 2020

Lesser-Known Artists of the Bradford District by Colin Neville is a new book featuring twenty artists, eight of whom are women. First up is Margaret Firth (1898-1991) who went to Bradford School of Art during the First World War (we can imagine the atmosphere from those novels about the Slade during WW1) then went to live and paint in Ilkley, where she stayed for the rest of her life.  Her biographer wrote: 'Margaret's paintings induce a feeling of serenity and order. They refresh the spirit with beauty and stillness.' Indeed. (And so much needed after the shattering David Attenborough programme last night and the stress of whether enough Tory MPs will behave well this week and try and do something about the government; we fear not, just like in America, and wish wish we could ignore the whole wretched crowd of them.) Tulips (1951) is at The Hepworth in Wakefield.

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