Elinor Pugh made several affectionate portraits of her uncle over the years. This one shows an exhausted Mackmurdo fast asleep, tucked under a bundle of blankets, apparently after a sightseeing trip to Normandy. Luckily, many of the drawings in the collection were later annotated in detail by Pugh herself, shedding light on the stories and memories that accompany the otherwise untitled sketches.


  • Title: A.H. Mackmurdo asleep
  • Creator: Elinor Pugh
  • Type: drawing
  • Rights: © William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • Object Number: D266c
  • Medium: Pencil on paper
  • Credit line: Miss Elinor Pugh bequest, 1963

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