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Born in the Lancashire town of Rochdale, Jack Crabtree developed an early and lasting fascination with the coal industry. Between 1961 and 1974, Crabtree lectured in art, first in Lancashire and then in South Wales. During this time scenes showing mining landscapes dominated his work. Living on the edge of the South Wales coalfield only furthered his desire to continue painting images of mining. His quest to paint a faithful representation of the industry and its workers led him to contact the Chairman of the National Coal Board (NCB) at that time, Sir (later Lord) Derek Ezra, to request a year’s artistic commission.
National Coal Mining Museum for England
oil on canvas
H 47 x W 67 cm