Evelyn Dunbar
A Land Girl and the Bail Bull 1945

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Evelyn Dunbar 1906–1960
A Land Girl and the Bail Bull
Date 1945
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 914 x 1829 mm
frame: 1085 x 2000 x 80 mm
Acquisition Presented by the War Artists Advisory Committee 1946
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1940

Display caption

Dunbar was established as a mural painter, working at Brockley School in Kent, before she was appointed an Official War Artist in 1940. She was commissioned to record the ‘Land Army’ at work. This picture, she said, was ‘painted at Strood towards the end of the war, about 1944-5. It is an imaginative painting of a Land Girl’s work with an outdoor dairy herd on the Hampshire Downs. The bail is the moveable shed where the milking is done.’ The bull is enclosed within it.

September 2016

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