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9 May 2017
The Windowleaner, also 1926-7, shows Tirzah’s father Colonel Garwood at his desk –but says so much about values and assumptions and the patriarchy that this is in fact a political drawing. It’s not at all certain what Tirzah is saying about le système, although one can guess, but she certainly makes one think; which is perhaps why, like The Hypochondriac, these drawings weren’t ever reproduced – underneath the delicate, domestic, homely detail – they are angry; whereas Long Live Great Bardfield is not at all angry, however it is fiercely observant and wise and realistic: the observations of a mature woman rather than an 18-year-old.
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