Body Politics. From Welfare State to Personal Wellbeing

Patrick O'Leary at

Kurt Hutton

Patrick O'Leary at "The Silver Lady's Kitchen" (from "They had no Work")

Vintage Gelatin Silver Print

25.4 x 18.9 cms (9.98 x 7.43 ins)

1938

HC 11771

Provenance

Literature

"They had no Work", Picture Post, 14 January 1939, vol 2. no. 2, pp.50-52 (close variant illustrated)

The 14th January 1939 issue of Picture Post magazine included a feature on unemployment entitled "They Had No Work". For this article Kurt Hutton took a number of photographs at the Silver Lady's Kitchen in Trafalgar Square, London, where proprietor Betty Baxter (nicknamed 'The Silver Lady' for her donations of a silver sixpence to her many patrons) offered a free meal to the area's homeless.

This is one of a group of strikingly dramatic character studies of the people there, beautifully lit as though by candle or lamp-light.

Close variant of the published image:

Caption to published image:

"Patrick O'Leary. He was born in Co. Donegal and has now been in London three years. He has worked in Steel works in Lancashire, in the hotel trade as a waiter. The last crisis was a blessing to him, he dug trenches in the Park. Half the men in the queue are oldish; half young. There are few women."

Kurt Hutton

Patrick O'Leary at "The Silver Lady's Kitchen" (from "They had no Work")

Vintage Gelatin Silver Print

25.4 x 18.9 cms (9.98 x 7.43 ins)

1938

HC 11771

All images © the artist or copyright holder | Website © The Hyman Collection 2021