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Although many of the Shelter Drawings showed groups of people, some concentrated on individuals. In this
picture a lone woman sits apart from
the other shelterers. Swathed in layers
of clothing, she stares out of the picture, anxiously clasping her hands. This sense
of tension is heightened by the abrupt jump from foreground to background
and the network of nervous, scratchy
lines that describe the figure.


The apparent absence of period detail
led some commentators to interpret
such figures as timeless symbols of fear, vulnerability and endurance.


September 2004