Liss Llewellyn Fine Art - 20th Century British Art

James Walker Tucker ((1898-1972))

Letters from Home
Framed (ref: 7671)
Watercolour on paper
14 ¼ x 20 ½ in. (36 x 52 cm)


Provenance: Letters from Home

Exhibited: WW2 - War Pictures by British Artists, Morley College London, 28 October -23 November 2016, cat 125. 

Literature: WW2 - War Pictures by British Artists, Edited by Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, July 2016, cat 125, page 166-167.

Tucker’s striking watercolour shows four women of the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) reading letters apparently in a hut at an army camp.
Tucker was a successful exhibiting artist and teacher whose work is marked by colourful slightly stylised figures.
The ATS was the women’s branch of the British Army, formed in 1938. The National Service Act of 1941 called up unmarried women between 20 and 30 to join one of the forces auxiliary services or take up factory work and by the end of the war there were over 190,000 ATS members. Their duties included working as drivers, radar operators, anti-aircraft and searchlight crew and supporting roles with the regular army. Over 700 
lost their lives during the war.

We are grateful to 
John Noott of John Noott Galleries and Malcolm Rogers for assistance with the catalogue note.