Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979)
signed with fly insignia (lower left), and further signed, inscribed and dated '"Willie Murgatroyd", cried Miss Carter (who wore pink)/"stop this minute"/George & I and the dogs Gyp & Barney, were at the back/watching the Punch & Judy man. Willie & Annie/Murtgatroyd were there also, when all at once he lifted/his spade and was about to whack the poor man/when Miss Carter saw him. His mother rushed/forward also, so I thought I had better get George/back to mother and father before there was any/trouble. They had stood at the back of the crowd/to let Cousin Edward & Cousin Marion see the Punch &/Judy show. Father held them up in turn. Mother, Aunt/Charlotte & Aunt Frances were chatting when Aunt Frances/noticed Bertie and Nellie Hope-Ainsworth standing/near. "Look who's near you Jane", she said "Be careful what/you say", for Nellie Hope-Ainsworth listened to everyone's/conversation and then passed it on to her mother who was/enjoying the show. She was wearing her Parma Violet outfit./And the year was 1907 and it was late September at Blackpool/Helen Layfield Bradley 1971'
oil on canvasboard
76 x 96.5 cm. (30 x 38 in.)