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Miner Working Underground*

© the copyright holder. Photo credit: National Coal Mining Museum for England

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Philip Toft's interest in art did not really begin until after he left school. His father, who later went on to become a local playwright, used to take him to visit galleries where he developed an admiration for the works of Leeds-born artist Atkinson Grimshaw (1836–1893). Shortly after that point Toft took up art himself and he continues to paint in his spare time. His father wrote a number of radio plays involving mining villages and the 1984–1985 strike and was clearly a motivation behind the creation of these paintings, which were undertaken over a 10-year period.

National Coal Mining Museum for England





oil on canvas


H 50.5 x W 76 cm

Accession number

YKSMM: 2002.656

Acquisition method

gift, 2002

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