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William Henry Margetson (1861 - 1940)   BIOGRAPHY

Royal Flying Corps Woman Dispatch Rider, c.1917
Framed (ref: 2580)

Signed indistinctly

Lithographic print and watercolour on silk, 6 1/2  x 5 1/4 in. (16.5 × 13.4 cm.)


This lithograph depicts a member of theWomen’s Auxiliary Air Corps (WAAC) attached to the Royal Flying Corps, as indicated by the RFC cap badge and shoulder titles.Women began to be enlisted in theWAAC in 1916, and by 1917 the Royal Flying Corp had all-female companies, who lived at home and worked in their nearest RFC Unit.

The use of motorcycles by the armed forces began to come into use during the FirstWorldWar . One of the more exciting job categories open to women during the war was working as dispatch riders, often making journeys at night, on poor roads and using only acetylene lighting.

An identical print is in the collection of the National Army Museum.

William Henry Margetson (1861 - 1940)

Figure painter in oil and water-colour. Born in London and was educated at Dulwich College. Studied art at South Kensington and at the R.A. Schools. Exhibited at the principal London galleries from 1881, mainly at the R.A., RA., R.B.A., R.O.I, and Grosvenor Gallery. Elected R.I. 1909. Principal works include The Sea Hath its Pearls, Flowers of the Field, Wonders of the Shore and Virgin at the Loom. Lived for some years at Wallingford in Berkshire and died on 2nd January 1940.

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