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Bolton Terraces

© The Estate of Humphrey Jennings. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2017. Photo credit: Bolton Library & Museum Services, Bolton Council

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Tom Harrisson, one of the founders of Mass Observation, wanted to record Bolton in a whole range of ways. Most observers wrote notes about the people they were watching, but Harrisson also invited artists like Graham Bell, William Coldstream, Julian Trevalyn and Humphrey Jennings to paint the town. The artist of this work came from a privileged background. He was shocked at the difference he found and his experiences continued to influence his art for years to come.
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    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    33 x 43 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    purchased with the assistance of the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund and the Bradshaw Gass Trust, 2005


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