Between 1950 – 1957 Joan Eardley worked in Townhead, Glasgow. Her sketches and paintings feature children from the neighbourhood, and have been praised for their honest portrayal of working-class life in the city.

Marking what would be Joan Eardley’s 101st birthday, on 18 May 2022, Patrick Elliott, Chief Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the National Galleries of Scotland, tracked down the subject of her painting Boy’s Head: A Glasgow Boy.

Girl with a Poke of Chips, oil on canvas with newspaper.

Joan Eardley, Boy’s Head: A Glasgow Boy, © Estate of Joan Eardley. All Rights Reserved. DACS, London 2021



Glasgow Children Drawing with Chalk on a Pavement, c.1959, gouache. Private collection.©Joan Eardley Estate

This website was commissioned by the family of the painter Joan Eardley (1921 – 1963) to mark the centenary of her birth in 2021

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