Joan Eardley pictures and Glasgow children stature1950s

When I came to Edinburgh in 1954 and arrived on the overnight train I was struck by the small stature of the workmen in Princes Street. This is no longer the case.
There is a wonderful exhibition of paintings by Joan Eardley in the Scottish Gallery at the bottom of the Mound. . In addition to her masterly sea and landscapes there are paintings of Glasgow children after the 2nd world war. Despite the improved nutrition with rationing and a more equitable distribution of food they are still very underweight. The fat boy, there always was a fat boy would be at the most plump in modern day parlance.

Martin Eastwood
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