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With the rapid increase in the number of troops stationed in Northern Ireland from 1969, living space for the Army was a problem. Accommodation was in very short supply and soldiers were often billeted in old, empty buildings such as mills and factories: consequently, the living conditions were usually quite basic.
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.
Soldiers in a Church, Belfast
oil on board
H 119.4 x W 96.5 cm
gift from the artist, 1989