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Bloody but Unbowed (Portland Street, Manchester)

Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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View of a bombsite after the Manchester Blitz of 1941 by the German Luftwaffe. This viewer is positioned on the corner of Nicholas Street, looking across Portland Street. This structure is in the centre of the city that was bombed during the air raids in the Second World War. Only the outer structure of the building remains with the middle front of the building missing. The ruin is depicted in shadow towards the front, but is highly illuminated at the back interior section of the warehouse. This unusual illumination is explained by a collection of fires still blazing in the ruined structure, indicating that the painter was present in the immediate aftermath perhaps. The foreground of the image depicts other semi-collapsed structures, rubble and debris.

Manchester Art Gallery



Bloody but Unbowed (Portland Street, Manchester)




oil on canvas


H 45.7 x W 61 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased from the artist, 1941

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Inscription description

artist's inscription : : blc : artist's name, date : J P CHETTLE . 41 .


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