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When they first moved to Lavington Common, Hitchens and his family lived in a caravan. His studio was built in 1941. During the day Hitchens painted in the studio while his wife Mollie and son John occupied the caravan. This picture shows the family at night in the studio where they slept. John can be seen in the cot while Mollie is at the sink with steps behind leading to an attic. 'Boy in Bed' belongs to a series of paintings of interiors which suggest the cosy intimacy of family life, although during the war-torn 1940s the family endured real physical hardship.

September 2004