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Joy

© the artist. Photo credit: Girton College, University of Cambridge

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Joy Bryant was born in 1931 in north London, where she lived for a year before she came to settle in Ladywell, Lewisham, where she still lives today. During the war she was evacuated to Lambourn Woodlands, Berkshire. From the age of 14 she worked in a cigarette factory, where she met her husband, Eddie. She then went on to work at Boots the Chemists until her daughter, Julia, was born in 1966. She stayed at home for 11 years, looking after Julia and her second daughter, Karen. Since then she has worked as a cleaner and dinner lady at local schools, retired for a year, and then gone on to work at Christ the King Sixth Form College, where she has been for 17 years. In 2007 her portrait was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in the BP Portrait Award.

Royal Society of Portrait Painter's People's Portraits collection at Girton College, University of Cambridge

Cambridge


Date

c.2010

Medium

tempera on gesso panel

Measurements

H 70 x W 60 cm

Accession number

556

Acquisition method

on loan from the Royal Society of Portrait Painters

Work type

Painting

Inscription description

R


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Royal Society of Portrait Painter's People's Portraits collection at Girton College, University of Cambridge

Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB3 0JG England

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