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Minton was invalided out of the army in 1943, and from then until autumn 1946 he shared a London studio with two other painters, Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde. The Polish painter Jankel Adler also lived in the same house and he shared with the younger painters his knowledge of the European avant-garde, especially Picasso. The landscape in this painting is inspired by disused buildings seen near the sea at Marazion in Cornwall, but the children are probably invented figures. The subject of the painting may suggest an interest in child psychology and awakening sexuality, themes found in other work by Minton in the mid-1940s.

September 2004