Inside the Nag's Head at Braintree on Market Day

Inside the Nag's Head at Braintree on Market Day

Walter Bayes was fairly unique among the artists involved in the Recording Britain scheme in his interest in the human figure. This scene of market-day drinkers in a Braintree pub, with its slightly caricatured drinkers and scowling blonde barmaid, is characteristic of his sharp observation of human foible. Despite the satirical depiction of the pub's denizens, this is an image of nostalgia for tradition about to be lost: such scenes would become rare following the war.