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Ethel Gabain was born in Le Harve, France, and studied at London’s Slade School of Fine Art and Central School of Arts and Crafts. Known for her portraits of actresses in character roles, Gabain was commissioned to record the effects of the war on Britain. As a war artist, she often portrayed both the physical dangers women faced and women completing tasks traditionally done by men, as with this portrait of an Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS) girl.
oil on canvas
H 78.7 x W 66 cm
purchased from the War Artists' Advisory Committee