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New (short) Article: The National Portrait Gallery Painting of Wendy Hiller as Sally Hardcastle (1935)

I was delighted recently to discover that the NPG had a portrait of Hiller in role, painted by the then very well-known portraitist Thomas Cantrell Dugdale. I think I can add a little bit more information to what the NPG currently knows about the painting (and as well as publishing this here, will send it… Continue reading New (short) Article: The National Portrait Gallery Painting of Wendy Hiller as Sally Hardcastle (1935)

New Article: Who went to See the Play in the Thirties? the Reception of Love on the Dole Revisited

This article revisits the question of what kind of audiences went to see Greenwood and Gow's play in the first few years of its run in London and then its tours round Britain. It looks first at what kind of theatres staged the play, and then at press reports about individual reactions to the play… Continue reading New Article: Who went to See the Play in the Thirties? the Reception of Love on the Dole Revisited

New Article: Walter Greenwood’s Christmas Present for Arthur Wragg (1937)

In December 1937, Greenwood sent Wragg a handwritten short story called 'A Christmas Present'. It was never published and has remained undiscovered among Wragg's papers in the V&A Archive, where I found it on 20/6/2019. This is the first published account of the story, which adds a little more to Greenwood's body of fiction about… Continue reading New Article: Walter Greenwood’s Christmas Present for Arthur Wragg (1937)