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Mill Girls, Ashton, Lancashire

© the artist's estate. Photo credit: The Rutherford Gallery

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This painting was the cover of 'John Bull' magazine in 1948. Here four mill girls climb the steps on Park Parade in Ashton-under-Lyne. In the background loom the Old Wharf and Albion Mills.

The cheery faces of the girls all belong to local beauty Bewley Fletcher. Her face has the classic features of the post-war era. Her hair and clothes distinctly date the work and made it an ideal contemporary magazine cover.

The Rutherford Gallery


  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    51 x 40.5 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    purchased, 1985

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