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A Belgian Refugee

Photo credit: Glasgow Museums

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This painting depicts an elderly refugee from Liege in Belgium. The German army invaded Belgium in August 1914 in the opening days of the First World War, and as a result 250,000 Belgians sought safety in the UK. This was the largest wave of refugees ever to come to Britain. Glasgow Corporation Belgian Refugee Committee was responsible for finding homes for the refugees across Scotland, and many were housed in Glasgow and the surrounding areas.

Glasgow Museums Resource Centre (GMRC)

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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    125.7 x 87 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    gift, 1978


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