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William Hatherell (1855-1928)

A Land Girl 1915-1918 c.1923

Pencil | RCIN 927065

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  • A miniature drawing of a young woman, standing to front with a farming or gardening tool in her hands. With initials, lower left.

    This portrait of a woman serving with the Women’s Land Army (WLA) is a patriotic reminder of the invaluable contribution that women made towards the war effort. This organisation, created in 1915 by the Board of Agriculture, employed women in farm work such as crop picking, which would have normally been undertaken by men. The WLA was disbanded in 1919, but revived in June 1939 before the beginning of the Second World War.

    The artist William Hatherell is represented in the Tate Gallery by a gouache painting of Juliet which was published as the frontispiece, the first of twenty two illustrations, to Shakespeare's Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1912.

    Commissioned for the Library in Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House.

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