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‘Merry-Go-Round’ Painting

Hauntingly soulless figures, mounted atop horses on a brightly colored fairground carousel whirl around this painting. Some of the men featured are wearing regimental brass-buttoned and scarlet parade tunics worn by soldiers. It looks like a nightmarish dreamscape from a particularly disturbing episode of the Twilight Zone.

In April 1916, Mark Getler visited the annual fair in London’s Hampstead Heath. While there, he was particularly impressed by the sight of the carousel, or roundabout as they were called during the time.


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