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5 November 2021
And finally Women in a Gymnasium 1940, also at Newcastle, at the Laing. Again this painting doesn't look much at first glance but when you examine it... A reader wrote to tell us: 'This painting brought back so many memories! Although it pre-dates my own mother joining in the late 1950s, it’s a Women’s League of Health and Beauty Class, started by Mary Bagot Stack in the 1930s. I well remember my mother’s white satin top and and black satin knickers. We lived in Carlisle at the time she joined and the League put on demonstrations, with club swinging, ribbons etc. I remember as an eight year-old thinking it all looked wonderfully glamorous!'
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