Children and Chalked Wall No. 2

© the Eardley estate. All rights reserved, DACS 2024. Image credit: Lakeland Arts

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This oil on canvas painting with collaged details was a very early purchase by Abbot Hall from 1963, the year of Joan Eardley's untimely death from breast cancer.

It is one of a series of paintings that Eardley began in the early 1960s, depicting two children stood against a richly graffitied wall below her studio on St James Road in Townhead, Glasgow.

This series features the Samson children who posed willingly for Eardley in return for biscuits and sweets, with sweet wrappers often making their way into the paintings. The chalked wall behind is evidence of the girls' activities, becoming an extension of themselves and showing how they are inextricably linked to their environment.

Abbot Hall



Children and Chalked Wall No. 2




oil on canvas


H 80.5 x W 86 cm

Accession number

AH 344/63

Acquisition method

purchased, 1963

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