Artwork Title: Corporal Elspeth Henderson and Sergeant Helen Turner - Artist Name: Dame Laura Knight

Corporal Elspeth Henderson and Sergeant Helen Turner

Dame Laura Knight, 1941

There’s still a strong element of traditional style running through her work, and this is most evident in her work during World War II. The propaganda portraits are twee and jingoistic – they were commissioned by the War Artists Advisory Committee – but there’s something incredibly strong and Rosie the Riveter-esque about the women they portray – especially Corporal Elspeth Henderson and Sergeant Helen Turner, (1941). As Rachel Cook pointed out in the Guardian, it’s the slick of red lipstick that really makes it. (https://unpopularcultureblog.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/laura-knight-portraits-national-portrait-gallery/)

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