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Americans in Hyde Park

© Leila E. Evans. Photo credit: Southwark Art Collection

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Leila Faithfull was born in Woolton, Liverpool, in 1896. The daughter of Sir James Reynolds, she studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London and La Grande Chaumiere in Paris. Faithfull went on to exhibit at the New English Art Club, Royal Academy, Royal Society of British Artists, and the Leicester Galleries on over 50 occasions. The War Artists' Advisory Committee commissioned this work and presented it to the South London Gallery in the late 1940s. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the United States entered the war as a combatant and sent many of its troops to Europe. Faithfull was already famous for her park scenes when this work was commissioned. According to correspondence, she was to paint a park scene, 'showing a lot of Americans in their rather beautiful greenish baseball clothes'.

Southwark Heritage Centre



Americans in Hyde Park




oil on canvas


H 23 x W 36 cm

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purchased from the War Artists' Advisory Committee

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