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The Glassblower

© transferred to MCGs from the War Artists Advisory Committee, Ministry of Information (1947). Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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The stylised, attenuated figure of a glass blower with a blowing iron and gather of white molten glass on it. He stands twisting the iron in both hands to shape the glass, with light from the unseen furnace and white-hot glass lighting his face. In the background to the left and right there are two more glassblowers. The figure to the left is forming a complicated shape by rolling the iron, whilst the figure on the right blows down the rod to create a bubble of glass.

Manchester Art Gallery


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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    205.4 x 118 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    gift from HM Government, War Artists Advisory Committee, 1947


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