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The Woolshop

Drawing, pencil on paper, 597 x 448mm

Volume 1 of the Astor Collection of drawings 1939-43 (no. 18)

The painting of ‘The Woolshop’ 1939 was taken from this drawing, which shows Spencer and Daphne Charlton in Stonehouse, near Leonard Stanley, checking wool against her sweater. As Daphne explained to the present writer, in previously unpublished information, her sister-in-law had sent her a yellow jersey, so Daphne, George and Stanley went to buy wool to make matching socks. She additionally commented that the woman’s face is a composite of Daphne and Hilda, Spencer telling Daphne, ‘you mustn’t mind if I put a bit of Hilda in’.

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