A Nursery School : Watlington Park Children in Wartime - Five lithographs by Ethel Gabain

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  • Art.IWM ART LD 263
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  • medium: lithograph
  • Support: Height 387 mm, Width 295 mm
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image: There are a group of infants in the foreground all dressed in identical checked smocks, ankle socks and shoes. Within the group are two toddlers sitting on the ground, looked upon by the older children around. Two of the children standing on the left hold posies of flowers. There are a few more children and four nurses sitting on a grass bank behind. In the background there is a clearing between the woodland on either side.


'Since war broke out, some 10,000 little children under five years of age have been moved from nursery schools and from day and residential nurseries in the cities into residential quarters in the country, and 150 of the stately homes of England have been gladly given to serve as nursery homes for them. Granted ample space and skilled supervision, there is no better way of caring for little children whose mothers cannot leave the evacuation areas with them.' (from portfolio notes, Children in Wartime).

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War Artists Advisory Committee commission


Ethel Gabain

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