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A culture for proletarians
Thomas Linehan

, like the ‘three Jameses’, Holland, Boswell and Fitton, Cliff Rowe, Peggy Angus and Clive Branson, who gravitated towards communism during the 1930s usually opted for subjects and themes from ordinary life. As James Holland, a former Royal College of Art student, explained in 1935: ‘With my own work, I want to show something of the real life of this country which goes on in industrial towns, factories, shipyards, coalfields, shops and offices.’55 This was a realist paradigm that owed much to a long-established tradition of socially sensitive realism embodied in the

in Communism in Britain 1920–39