Pen & ink over pencil. Creases to the edges.
This stylised drawing of two boys, both wearing the universal school caps of the period, diving into a bush from opposite directions to claim possession of the eggs, maybe each claiming precedence over the other, is typical of what one might call the small change of Dunbar’s esprit. It is partly reminiscent of, and probably dates from, the Hilly Fields frieze at Brockley School for Boys (now Prendergast-Hilly Fields school), completed in 1934. Dunbar used little fantasies and cartoons like this to decorate letters, postcards, book-marks, ex libris labels, memoranda, etc.
We are grateful to Christopher Campbell-Howes, author of Evelyn Dunbar: A Life in Painting, Romarin, 2016