Since my last blog on the hunt for the mystery 1950s Aero Girls, a more complete picture of the sitters and artists has begun to emerge. At the beginning of the search, I was not even sure if the Aero Girls, depicted in Rowntree’s post-war Aero chocolate adverts, were real women. Until now there has been scant information about the Aero Girls campaign paintings, and even fewer clues as to the identity of the female sitters.
We now know that many of these women were artists themselves in a male dominated art world. The stories behind the paintings lead us from the battlefields of the Second World War, through polite society in post-war London, to present-day celebrity, touching on art, social history, fashion, the changing role of women and even the Profumo Affair.