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Walter Bonner Gash:
The Dole

Framed (ref: 721)

Signed u.l.: W.B.Gash
Oil on canvas, 30 x 25 in. (76 x 63.5 cm.)

Tags: men portraits

Provenance: The Artist's daughter
Exhibited: Walter Bonner Gash, Unsung Edwardian Hero, cat 20
Literature: Walter Bonner Gash, Unsung Edwardian Hero, p. 42

‘With his interest in portraiture and, if there were no commissions on hand, my father would find a model for practice. One such portrait is of a young man who is holding a few coins, and his expression is of deep concern. This reflects the hardship that followed the First World War, mainly through mass unemployment … (the dole) was a very small weekly allowance to stave off abject poverty … I feel that my father, in painting this portrait, has, with some experience of deprivation himself, felt deeply for the man.’ mg Cat.20

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