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‘Informers, You Have Been Warned’

© the artist. Photo credit: National Army Museum

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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.

The artist’s practice of street-drawing inevitably attracted children, curious to see the results. In this symbolic picture, they have become hooded figures in imitation of members of Northern Ireland’s paramilitary organizations, while the wizard is intended to refer to politicians trying to ‘magic’ a resolution to the conflict.

National Army Museum

London

Title

‘Informers, You Have Been Warned’

Date

1976

Medium

oil on board

Measurements

H 92 x W 122 cm

Accession number

NAM. 1989-08-36

Acquisition method

gift from the artist, 1989

Work type

Painting

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