Evacuees in a Cottage at Cookham Children in Wartime - Five lithographs by Ethel Gabain

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  • Art.IWM ART LD 426
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  • Support: paper
  • medium: lithograph
  • Support: Height 530 mm, Width 442 mm
  • Image: Height 363 mm, Width 337 mm
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  • object category: print

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image: Five children are seated around a table in room lit by a large window. An elderly woman sits at the centre with the youngest child on her lap. A large 'Spotted-Dick' pudding is placed on the table with several bowls and cutlery set around it. The woman serves a boy on the far right who holds out a bowl for his portion.


'Mrs Norris, of Cookham, with five of her war family of seven children from London who had by January of 1941 been with her for sixteen months. Mrs Norris is the ideal foster-parent, and there are very many other householders like her. Over a million children have been moved in school parties from the evacuation areas, and with such large numbers, boarding out in billets must always be the principal means of finding homes for them. Given Mrs Norris' friendliness and care, town children readily adapt themselves to their new surroundings.' (title from folder cover, Children in Wartime).

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commission date 1940


signed in plate

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