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Honor Earl: Pastel portraits ('Warriors of the Empire') and papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9397

Scope and Contents

During the Second World War, Earl was commissioned to prepare a series of pastel portraits of service men and women from what were then British dominions and colonies (described as 'Empire servicemen'), including Trinida, Newfoundland, Southern Rhodesia [i.e. Zimbabwe] and Ceylon [i.e. Sri Lanka]. The portraits were exhibited at the Royal Empire (late Commonwealth) Society in December 1945 as 'Warriors of the Empire'. The collection also includes a series of portraits of North American peoples for an exhibition titled 'Who are the Americans?'


  • Creation: 1939-1946 (Circa)


Conditions Governing Access

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (

Biographical / Historical

Honor Earl (1901-96), portrait painter, was the daughter of 1st Viscount Maugham, Lord Chancellor, and married Sebastian Earl.


1 collection

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Phyllis Earl, daughter-in-law of Honor Earl, 1996

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Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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