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"Ahmad and Johnny" by W Lindsay Cable, 1940. Watercolour, ink, gouache on paper.

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Ahmad and Johnny

"Ahmad and Johnny" by W Lindsay Cable, 1940

Catalogue ref: INF 3/611Links to the Catalogue


A landscape scene, the image depicts an Egyptian ‘Ahmad' and a British child ‘Johnny' climbing a fence in the English countryside – possibly the South Downs. The British child is waving to a Land Army girl, collecting the harvest. The catalogue description reads ‘one of 16 pieces for a booklet set in Egypt'.

The Ahmad and Johnny booklet was about an Egyptian boy who had come to live with a British family and was used as a vehicle to show how enlightened and righteous and powerful Britain was and how the country had pulled together to fight fascism, which was a threat to both nations.