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ŠThe Estate of John Bratby, courtesy of Julian Hartnoll
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|Collection:||Fine Art Paintings and Sculpture|
|Date:||1956 - 1956|
|Artist:||John Bratby - View biography for John Bratby|
John Bratby was the leader of the so-called Kitchen Sink painters of the 1950s who portrayed domestic and working class scenes with a gritty 'warts and all' realism. This painting depicts the yard at the rear of a terrace in Carlisle during the summer of 1956 with the artist's wife, Jean (shown twice) pegging out the washing. Their baby son David is seen in his pram. To the left are the coal-holes with the names of the tenants painted on the doors.
The paint is applied thickly, straight from the tubes in a mosaic of rapid brushstrokes, which gives a dramatic vitality to this very ordinary scene.
|Purchased with assistance from Resource/VandA Purchase Grant Fund, the National Art Collections Fund and the Friends of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, 2001.|