About this artwork

The two children depicted in this painting are from the Samson family, who lived near Eardley's studio in the Townhead area of Glasgow. They feature in many of her paintings. The stencilled lettering and fragments of collaged newspaper imitate graffiti; the silver and gold papers are probably sweet wrappers. Eardley has depicted the children in a child-like manner, set against the debris of their everyday life.

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  • title: Children and Chalked Wall 3
  • accession number: GMA 853
  • artist: Joan EardleyEnglish (1921 - 1963)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Children
  • materials: Oil, newspaper and metal foil on canvas
  • date created: 1962 - 1963
  • measurements: 61.00 x 68.60 cm (framed: 67.20 x 74.70 x 5.40 cm)
  • credit line: Purchased 1963
  • copyright: © Estate of Joan Eardley. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2016

Joan Eardley

Joan Eardley

Born in Sussex, Eardley moved to Glasgow at the outbreak of war. She studied at Glasgow School of Art and at Hospitalfield House under James Cowie. Cowie helped to shape her preference for everyday subjects. In 1949 Eardley rented a studio in the centre of Glasgow, and a few years later moved to Townhead, where the local street children were her preferred subjects. She bought a cottage in the small fishing village of Catterline, south of Aberdeen, in 1954. There, her favourite subjects were the village and sea, particularly in stormy weather. Eardley died of cancer in August 1963. Her ashes were scattered on the beach at Catterline.