Linda Pearl Izan

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Location: Crewe

Featured Places: Lyubar & Manchester


In the early 1900s my grandfather undertook a harrowing journey from Tzarist Russia to Britain fleeing pogroms and an uncertain political climate. My grandfather decision to leave Russia was a decision that would profoundly change his fate and also all those that would follow – children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He understood the true measure of sanctuary living in Britain and remained strongly patriotic throughout his life.

The work I have submitted is a cameo illustrating aspects of his original Certificate of Naturalisation in 1922. It states his place of birth, his beloved wife’s name and his enlistment into the British Army to fight in WW1. In the background of the work is a pattern taken from a ceremonial ‘Passach’ plate which is now a treasured momentum of my much loved Zadie (grandfather).