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Fishmonger, Barnsley Market, South Yorkshire

© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

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Kenneth Long taught at the Barnsley School of Art and was influenced by L. S. Lowry. He painted everyday people and scenes in an industrial landscape. Long filled many sketchbooks with studies capturing the unique character of Barnsley and its people. He worked many of these sketches up into oil paintings, including this one of a fishmonger in Barnsley market.

This work is realistic but there is a hint of abstraction in the emphasis on diamond shapes, which produce a connection between the man and the fish.

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum





oil on board


H 59 x W 71.5 cm

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purchased, 1964

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Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

Jordan Well, Coventry, West Midlands CV1 5QP England

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