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Glasgow Boy with a Milk Bottle

© the Eardley estate. All rights reserved, DACS 2023. Photo credit: Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

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Eardley trained in London and in Glasgow where she settled. She drew and painted scenes of everyday life on the streets of the city. Her portraits of children from the Townhead tenements are powerful character studies. They are painted with great compassion and expose the reality of child poverty in post-war Britain. Slum clearance and urban renewal had only just begun.

In 1950, Eardley worked in the village of Catterline on the North East Coast of Scotland. She devoted herself to landscape painting, working out of doors in all weathers in spite of her increasing illness. She died of cancer in 1963.

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum



Glasgow Boy with a Milk Bottle




oil on canvas laid on board


H 89.5 x W 47.5 cm

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purchased, 1959

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