Milking Practice with Artificial Udders

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  • Art.IWM ART LD 766
Art and Popular Design
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Great Britain
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  • Support: canvas
  • medium: oil
  • Support: Height 617 mm, Width 766 mm
  • Frame: Depth 50 mm, Height 756 mm, Width 911 mm
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  • object category: painting

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image: Three Land Army girls practising with artificial rubber 'udders', learning the milking technique.


Land Army girls are introduced to agricultural practice and 'nature' through the use of contemporary technology. Dunbar plays with the obvious visual humour of the surreal situation. At what point does the machine stop pretending to be a cow? The painting is also a comment on how technologically driven modern, urban life has now become the means of access to both agriculture and, by implication, the natural world.

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War Artists Advisory Committee Commission, 1940


Evelyn Dunbar

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