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  • Place of origin:

    Norfolk (made)
    Northampton (made)

  • Date:

    1939 - 1944 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dun, Geoffrey Bryon (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour, graphite or gouache on paper or card.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Bryon Dun

  • Museum number:

    B.117:1 to 35-2014

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This collection of paintings and drawings was made by Bryon Dun between the ages of 11 and 14. He was a keen artist, and his homework was often singled out for praise by his art teachers.
Bryon took inspiration from the events and things around him. Mundane everyday objects like an electric iron and a pair of scissors were opportunties for Bryon to practice his shading and perspective. He also drew tanks, gaskmaks, and the equipment of an air raid warden, reflecting the objects of the War.
These drawings demonstrate the techniques of art education as commonly experienced in British schools in the middle of the 20th century, as well as the objects of interest to an adolescent boy at the time.

Physical description

A collection of drawings, watercolour paintings and gouache paintings. Each drawing is a slightly different size, and have been cut from sketchbooks. They are mostly on plain white or off-white paper. Many of the drawings include a signature, date, and often the school class and a title.
The subjects of the drawings are everyday still lifes, including an iron, scissors and vinegar bottle, and some copied photographs or postcards.

Place of Origin

Norfolk (made)
Northampton (made)


1939 - 1944 (made)


Dun, Geoffrey Bryon (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour, graphite or gouache on paper or card.


Height: 29 cm maximum, Width: 20 cm maximum

Object history note

While at school during the Second World War, Bryon Dun was set weekly drawing tasks for his art homework. A keen artist, Bryon completed many small-sclae studies over three years. The drawings which remain in this group are those which the teacher returned. Many had been displayed in the classroom as examples of excellence. Dun went on to develop a model-making business and work as a draughtsman.

Descriptive line

A collection of 35 drawings and paintings made as art homework by Bryon Dun in three years of secondary school, Norfolk and Northampton, 1939 - 1942.


Watercolour; Gouache; Paper


Drawing; Painting


Children & Childhood; Drawings

Production Type



Museum of Childhood

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