Women's Canteen at Phoenix Works, Bradford

Catalogue number
  • Art.IWM ART 4434
Art and Popular Design
Production date
Subject period
  • Support: canvas
  • medium: oil
  • Support: Height 1066 mm, Width 1828 mm
  • Frame: Depth 50 mm, Height 1270 mm, Width 2030 mm
Alternative names
  • object category: painting
Gift of the artist, 1927

Purchase & License
Object description

image: The interior of a canteen filled with female workers. There is a counter to the right of the composition, and tables occupied with women in overalls and cloth caps to the left. There is a queue at the counter, with several women holding large white cups. In the centre two women walk arm-in-arm towards the viewer, and next to them another stands looking out in the same direction.


Flora Lion was a portrait painter who was given access to paint factory scenes in Leeds and Bradford during World War One. The interior of the canteen is filled with women workers who sit, chat and queue for food. Many are obviously tired. The couple in the centre, arms entwined, dominate the scene and embody the confidence of women newly liberated by employment.

History note

Ministry of Information commission


Flora Lion. 1918

Associated places
Associated events
Associated themes
Associated keywords

IWM Non Commercial Licence

The media for this item are free to reuse for non-commercial purposes under the IWM Non Commercial Licence. Video, sound and images can be embedded with the code we offer here, and images can also be downloaded.

By downloading any images or embedding any media, you agree to the terms and conditions of the IWM Non Commercial Licence, including your use of the attribution statement specified by IWM. For this item, that is:

  • Download this item
    Embed HTML
    Embed BBCode