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During ‘the Troubles’, Belfast street walls became a place for rival sectarian grafﬁti, often painted layer upon layer. A form of psychological warfare which also demonstrated control of terrain, the slogans were often directed at the British Army, exhorting them to ‘go home’, or else boasted of paramilitary loyalties, such as ‘Provos Rule’. Periodically the Army would drive past these walls and throw paint bombs at the slogans.
Between 1971 and 1976, drawn by an interest in the civil conflict, Ralph Lillford made repeated trips to Northern Ireland to draw what he saw in the streets.
National Army Museum
Grafﬁti Wall, Belfast
oil on canvas
H 121.92 x W 152.4 cm (E)
gift from the artist, 1989