Sarah MacDougall, ‘Rediscovering the Whitechapel Girl’

A free public lecture as part of the exhibition, ‘Colours more than sentences’: Illustrated editions of The Ballad of Reading Gaol. 

Clare Winsten (1894-1989) was the sole female member of the ‘Whitechapel Boys’, a group of artists and poets who emerged from the Anglo-Jewish communities of East London in the early 20th century. In 1968 she drew a series of illustrations for an unpublished edition of The Ballad of Reading Gaol. Three of these are currently on display at the Berkshire Record Office as part of an exhibition of illustrated Ballads.
Art historian Sarah MacDougall (Eva Frankfurther Research Fellow and Curator of the Ben Uri Gallery), will be sharing her new research on Clare Winsten.

Thursday 19 April at 6pm

Admission is free, but please book by email to

Berkshire Record Office, 9 Coley Avenue, Reading RG1 6AF

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