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Children playing on a lorry, Glasgow
© Roger Mayne

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Children playing on a lorry, Glasgow 1958

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  • Scottish Art
In the two decades following the Second World War, the success of the Welfare State meant that children became a focus of public interest in a way that they never had before. Mayne's photographs reflect these concerns in a very sincere way. His contemporaries liked these uncomplicated pictures, which, according to Colin MacInnes writing in 1962, offered 'a portrait of urban sub-life of which, without him, I would have been unaware'.

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Welfare State

The programme of health and social welfare services provided by a government. In Britain this includes institutions such as the National Health Service and Department for Work and Pensions.

Welfare State


  • Acc. No. PGP 193.6
  • Medium Silver gelatine print
  • Size 28.20 x 38.20 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1993