Volume 2: Letters written on active service, M-W, 1914-1919 - Page 358
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old farmer came along with a prize bull and wanted me to do its portrait for a "bob". My word – the size of that piece of beef! It is quite touching sometimes when a careful mother, or a fond & needy father wants 2 children sketched on the one sheet for the same old shilling.
This idea of ½ price cubical capacity of children is rather embarrasing. The first difficulty in dealing with a crowd is to make a start, but with experience you can look around & count your marks. The man with a waxed mo. and the flower is a certainty, & then come the people you would least expect – hard working men. The most amusing experiences are with an Eastern Market push when "Lousy Bob" Creeping Jesus" or some well-known fish shop chef is held down in his chair to be sketched blushing furiously the while. Women & drunks