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22nd November 2022

Like Dorothy Whipple, Margaret Barker (1907-2203) who painted Any Morning (exh. 1929, Tate) was "interested in charging everyday incidents with extraordinary meaning". Her painting underlines just how much labour was required to turn mattresses, make beds, and change, launder, and store bed linen and blankets. Dorothy Whipple knew how exhausting it could be. In Greenbanks, she writes of Letty: "Ambrose went on talking, but she did not listen. He gave her, more and more frequently, the same flat exhausted feeling that she had when she tried to carry a mattress downstairs unaided."

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