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Phyllis Barron
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With the outbreak of the Second World War Barron and Larcher lost their London sales outlet as The Little Gallery was forced to close. Materials were scarce and orders declined dramatically. In effect there was no alternative but to cease production. Hambutts House was sold and Barron and Larcher converted their self-contained workshop into a compact but equally comfortable home called Hambutts. (No. 1)

This was a period of long illness for Larcher but inspired by special plants from their well stocked garden she returned to her flower paintings, and completed some forty studies before she died on 14th August 1952. Meanwhile Barron had turned to local government work, parish affairs and education, playing a leading role in the local community. (No. 2, 3)

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