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British Red Cross Issuing Comforts to Prisoners of War at Brussels

© the artist's estate. Photo credit: British Red Cross Museum and Archives

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The painting features members of the British Red Cross issuing comforts to prisoners of war at Brussels. At the end of the Second World War, Red Cross gift bags containing 'comforts' were issued to British Commonwealth and American Prisoners of War on their release from prison camps. In this painting, a British Red Cross relief team are handing out bags each containing essentials such as toothpaste, toothbrush, shaving equipment, face cloth, soap, cigarettes and chocolate to POWs at an air strip in Brussels before they were flown home.

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oil on canvas


H 76 x W 91 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from the artist, 1946

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Inscription description

Doris Zinkeisen 1945


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