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The Queer-Like Smell

© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Fife Cultural Trust, on behalf of Fife Council

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E. Barrett was an artist and also an employee in the Design department at the Nairn’s linoleum factory, a well-known Kirkcaldy firm. Here we see him capturing the skilled job of hand-printing. By the time this was painted machine printing had taken over, although some of older presses lingered on and were used to test the printing blocks. The man behind the printer is acting as an apprentice who in previous years would have been a young boy. These boys were known as

Kirkcaldy Galleries





oil on canvas


H 58.7 x W 75.6 cm

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unknown acquisition method

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E. Barrett 1951

Kirkcaldy Galleries

Abbotshall Road, Kirkcaldy, Fife KY1 1YG Scotland

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