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Two Children

© the Eardley estate. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo credit: Glasgow Museums

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This bold oil makes good use of pattern and colour and incorporates collage to depict the rough tenement walls plastered with graffiti. Eardley had found a set of old metal stencils and the stencilled letters – 'metal store scrap', 'hair', 'woolen & baging' – seem to dance over the heads of the two girls. To this she added the metal foil of sweet papers and newspaper headlines – the flotsam and jetsam of Glasgow street life.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum




oil & collage on canvas


H 134.7 x W 134.7 cm

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purchased with the assistance of the National Fund for Acquisitions and Glasgow Art Gallery and Museums Association, 1994

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