Albert Square, Manchester

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An atmospheric, smog-filled view of Albert Square, Manchester, seen from the southwest side. In the foreground is the dark figure of a man, wearing a cloth cap and knee-length coat, pushing a handcart, his figure silhouetted against the wet cobbles. Overhead is a grid of cables. On the far side of the street, to the right of the scene, is parked a hansom cab beneath the statue of Gladstone – the horse feeds from a nose-bag as the driver also rests; behind the statue looms the hazy silhouette of part of the Town Hall. To the left of the scene, a group of figures congregate around a motorcar parked beneath the Albert Memorial and the statue of Oliver Heywood to the right. Beyond are the forms of figures making their way across the square, illuminated with street lights, seen against a further background of the extremely hazy surrounding buildings.

Manchester Art Gallery



Albert Square, Manchester




oil on jute


H 152 x W 114 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased from the artist, 1928

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Inscription description

Signed and dated at right bottom corner: A. VALETTE. 1910.


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