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Shortly after its formation, the National Coal Board made a long-term commitment to commissioning artists to record the newly nationalised industry. The first was H. Andrew Freeth, a professional portrait painter and Official War Artist. As part of his commission Freeth travelled throughout the English, Scottish and Welsh coalfields making numerous on-the-spot drawings of working miners, usually in charcoal, chalks and in pen line overlaid with watercolour.
National Coal Mining Museum for England
oil on canvas
H 57 x W 46.5 cm