Operative Bricklayers Society Emblem*

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A. J. Waudby was among the foremost artist-designers of trade union emblems in mid-Victorian Britain, several of which would appear on trade union banners. Woudby was an exhibitor at the Royal Academy in the 1840s.

It is likely that this large oil painting was made by Woudby to be copied by a professional firm of banner painters to form the centre panel of banners for the Bricklayers Society. The painting hung in the Union's Head Office in London.

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Operative Bricklayers Society Emblem*




oil on textile


H 248 x W 189 cm

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gift, c.1980

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