T03462 PUNCH AND JUDY c.1945
Inks and gouache on paper 6 3/4 × 10 3/4 (170 × 277)
Presented by Ruth Boswell 1982
The following entry is based on a letter received from Sally Shuel on 19 June 1986, containing answers to the compiler's questions put to Betty Boswell on his behalf, on a letter from Ruth Boswell dated 30 April 1986, and on conversations with Sally Shuel and Ruth Boswell on 19 June 1986 and 26 June 1986 respectively.
‘Punch and Judy’ relates to the series of drawings which Boswell began to make on this theme from around 1936. Betty Boswell remembers that the first works of this type were executed at their home in Haverstock Hill, Belsize Park, London, which they left between 1936–7, and most of the Punch and Judy drawings were completed before the war. There are also a number of small drawings of ‘Punch and Judy’ and related sketches in which a Punch-type character figures, in a sketchbook 1939–40 (Tate Gallery Archive, 8224.11, pp…