2 December 2018
Uncovering the Painted Ladies
An iconic aspect of Base A is the tastefully depicted Painted Ladies drawn by Evan Watson in the Bunkroom in the 1960s. During this time, it was a male-dominated base and these images were a reminder to the men the fairer sex. These paintings of popular actresses of that era - Diana Dors, Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor et al – replicate their images in women’s magazines found on base.
There is a direct link to this interesting story with Michael Powell, a member of the Conservation Team, who was the person to reveal these women that had been painted over in the 1980s. It’s a mystery by whom and why these paintings were covered.
These drawings are one of the most photographed parts of the base and are celebrated on the stamps and first-day covers that are sold at the Port Lockroy Post Office. As a keepsake to each member of the conservation team, Michael signed and wrote a personal message on a Painted Lady First Day Cover.