Open for Business as Usual, 1943
Framed (ref: 5807)
Signed and dated
Ink and watercolour on gesso primed card
9 x 7 ins. (23 x 18 cm)
Exhibited: WW2 - War Pictures by British Artists, Morley College London, 28 October -23 November 2016, cat 37.
Literature: WW2 - War Pictures by British Artists, Edited by Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, July 2016, cat 37, page 75.
Surrounded by the devastation of bombed-out buildings supported by wooden
props, this street market nevertheless continues to provide service and enjoys
a flourishing trade. The artist was clearly making the point that 'life must go
on' and thereby was both supporting and celebrating the morale and
resilience of the civilian population. Quite how the strict rationing of furnishing
or dress fabrics would have worked in these circumstances it is difficult to say,
and maybe 'deals' were to be had in this type of market that could not be
found in formally regulated shops. But life had to go on, and a bargain is still
We are grateful to Andrew Cormack for the above note
Eleanor Chilton Price (1901-1985)
Graphic designer and etcher born in Bath, who studied at Bath School of Art and Bristol School of Art. She subsequently worked as a commercial artist and produced posters, showcards, drawings for Bristol Zoo Aquarium and Christmas cards. Price exhibited at Bath Society of Artists and the Royal Society of Arts, London. Her death was recorded in South Glamorgan.
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