Unidentified Bungalow

Ink on paper, c.1927-29
Joseph Wilson (born c.1887)
RCAHMS: Mactaggart and Mickel collection gifted in 1999

For many families the bungalows that sprang up on the fringes of so many towns and cities in the 1920s and 1930s provided their first experience of a house and garden of their own. It was also an escape from the confines of a city tenement to an idealized lifestyle of healthy light and air in the country.

This publicity image plays upon this aspiration, depicting a typical pyramidal-roofed bungalow in less typically apparent isolation, and set in an unusually large garden.

The bungalow also represents the explosion of the suburbs, as house-buyers were able to take advantage of relatively cheap property, made newly accessible by the growth in public transport and by the increasing availability of the private car.