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Carl Ronald Giles with his wife Sylvia ('Joan') Clarke and musicians, including Butch Shepherd

by Lee Miller
modern archival-toned gelatin silver print from original negative, 1944
10 in. x 10 in. (254 mm x 254 mm)
Purchased, 2004
NPG P1078

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12 November 2018, 11:00

The photograph was taken in the Fountain pub in Tuddenham near Ipswich and published in the August 1944 edition of 'Vogue'. The African American soldiers were members of the 8th United States Army Air Force, who were stationed nearby. They were constructing and repairing airfields in East Anglia. The drummer was Giles's friend, 'Butch' Shepherd; the drawing on the wall in the top left of the photograph is by Giles and depicts his friend 'Ike', holding a double bass. The woman on the right is Giles's wife, Joan.

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