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Fairground by Barbara Jones

Fairground by Barbara Jones
Accession Code: wu0202
Title: Fairground
Date completed: 1946
Medium: Prints
Location Name: Social Sciences Building
Location Description: Faculty of Social Sciences

This work was part of a series of lithographs published at the end of the Second World War. The purpose was to provide schools and other public institutions with examples of work by good artists at a low cost. The lithographs were all of uniform size so that they could be interchangeable in a single frame or group of frames to allow them to be rotated. The contributing artists were chosen by a committee chaired by the art historian Herbert Read. Despite the hardships which came with the end of the war and anxieties about the immediate future, the images chosen by the artists are colourful and reassuring, for the most part focusing on familiar aspects of British life and culture. Published in 1946 and 1947, the series turns its back on the privations and tragedies of the war years and makes an optimistic statement about the future.