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
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.
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Flora Lion. 1918
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