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Shunting (Coventry Colliery)

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Geoff Gibbons was a miner at Coventry Colliery. He painted a number of pictures of pit life as he saw it. This one shows a locomotive underground pulling a spare battery off a manrider train. The distances underground were so huge that trains were needed to transport men and machinery. The painting also captures the organised chaos of pipes, cables and rails underground.

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum


  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    181 x 181 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    purchased, 1990

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

Jordan Well, Coventry, West Midlands CV1 5QP England

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