Eva Frankfurther artist (1930-1959)

Dockers: Father and Son

(private collection)

description A three-quarter length double portrait of father and son dock workers, both seen in full face view, with the younger man in front, dressed in blue overalls, looking out towards the viewer, the older man behind, in cap and overcoat, with downcast eyes. Their positioning, both one behind the other and on the left of the composition, which is partially cropped, suggests not only their identification with the industrial backdrop of Victoria Dock that surrounds them, but also their own marginalisation as workers in an increasingly threatened industry. The artist carried out a number of works centred on the docks while she was employed as a shiftworker at the Tate & Lyle sugar refinery in East London from 1956-57.

date 1957

location London Docks

dimensions 66 x 55 cm

medium oil on paper

exhibition history 'Labour Intensive', Leicester City Gallery, Leicester, 2000; 'Eva Frankfurther 1930-1959: Memorial Exhibition', Boundary Gallery, London, 15 June-18 July 2001, (2), NFS.

literature ed., B. Planskoy, 'Eva Frankfurther 1930-1959: Paintings, lithographs and drawings' (London: Peter Halban, 2001), illus., p. 55.

reference 83-f1

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