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Good Service Work in a London Slum

Photo credit: The Scout Association Heritage Service

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This painting depicts Scouts assisting a poor family in the East End led by Patrol Leader Albert Emins. The mother has been making up paper flowers for the Scouts to sell on the streets and they would return the money to her so she can look after her children. The child in the chair is quite sick and in this period only half of all children survived until their fifth birthday. Scouts undertook charitable works in their community to relieve poverty before the advent of the Welfare State.

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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    124 x 173 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    purchased, 1995


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