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This painting of a young soldier writing a letter is based on a drawing from life. The soldiers’ Spartan accommodation at Hastings Street, Belfast, was in a former flour mill. The term ‘lines’ for any accommodation where troops were quartered probably dates back to the days when the Army camped in lines of tents on campaign.
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.
oil on board
H 91.8 x W 121.5 cm
gift from the artist, 1989