Charcoal drawings, Holloway College, about 1937


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Charcoal drawings, Holloway College, about 1937

My late mother created these charcoal drawings when she was a student at Royal Holloway College. They are all 19 x 12.5 inches (48 x 32 cm). I assume they were done in 1936, ’37, or ’38. She graduated in German in 1939 (the same year that war broke out with Germany, coincidentally). I do not know where the outdoors drawings were done. However, the stone railing (or whatever it is called) with spheres on resembles that in a contemporary campus photo.

Monk charcoal drawing by Kathleen Mary King, about 1937

Monk

Path through trees and bushes charcoal drawing by Kathleen Mary King, about 1937

Path through trees and bushes

Piano and paintings through open door charcoal drawing by Kathleen Mary King, about 1937

Piano and paintings through open door

Reeds, trees, and river charcoal drawing by Kathleen Mary King, about 1937

Reeds, trees, and river

Stone steps charcoal drawing by Kathleen Mary King, about 1937

Stone steps

View from above stone steps charcoal drawing by Kathleen Mary King, about 1937

View from above stone steps


My mother gained a degree in German in 1939; the same year that war broke out with Germany. My generation was led to believe — by films, books, and magazines — that World War 2 brought out the best in people. My mother, who worked assessing bomb damage insurance claims, said it was otherwise and I have read many accounts that verify her statement. For example:

Val and her partner, horrified, stared at the bodies lying below them. ‘I saw men running about and bending over the dead and wounded. At first I thought they were feeling for a heartbeat but they’d come in from the street and were taking their wallets and money.’

— Anne de Courcy, Debs at War, 2005

Internal links

A painted history of hang glider design

Airplane art

My 1970s bike designs

External link

Royal Holloway College Wikipedia entry

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