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Merthyr Blues

© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

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This painting is a portrait of Merthyr Tydfil in 1955. The style prompts a comparison with popular newspaper cartoons. A woman pushes her pram past the old bus depot, a man on a ladder pastes up an advertisement for Daz washing powder, whilst dogs behave badly on the street. The local blues singer, who hovers above the town accompanied by the lyrics of her song, offers a sense of hope and salvation to the everyday world below.

National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff


Merthyr Blues




oil on canvas on board


H 124 x W 245 cm

Accession number

NMW A 29596

Acquisition method

gift from the estate of Rabbi Michael Goulston

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National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff

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