Image["Hare in a Larder, 1943, Conte pencil"]
Hare in a Larder
Lent by the estate of John Craxton
Like his friend Lucian Freud, Craxton enjoyed drawing dead animals. They often stayed in Little Shelford, with the family of Joan Bayon, a girlfriend of Craxton’s eldest brother. He longed, however, to travel south, writing in April 1944 ‘I have been drawing dead birds and rabbits but I really want to go on a holiday to Sicily. The willow trees are nice & amazing here but I would prefer an olive tree growing out of a Greek ruin’.