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In this painting Drucker presents a migrant family newly arrived in England, seeking work. Despite forming the main focus of the composition, the family is excluded from and oblivious to the lively activities taking place behind it. The presence of a barrow boy, a conspicuous local character, locates the work in the East End – home to successive waves of immigrants. This single family unit is emblematic of the vast wave of Eastern-European Jews escaping persecution and financial hardship who fled to the UK before, during and after the Second World War.
oil on canvas on board
H 50.5 x W 61.2 cm
gift from Dr Geoffrey Konstam, 1952
Amy Drucker 1933/2?