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2 November 2021

Woman with a Duster apparently dates from 1925 since it was bought by The Atkinson in Southport. Alas, it probably languishes in their basement, certainly it doesn't come up if you search for it on the Atkinson site. But it should be brought up from the underworld into the light. A painting like this says so much: the apron, the duster, the boring monotony of cleaning, and yet with coal fires the dust was appalling, the symbolism of the clock ticking one's life away while one uses it – to dust, the mirror over the fireplace reflecting a small painting  – oh there is so much to think about. And there it is in the basement.

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