Pitmen at Play

Image credit: National Coal Mining Museum for England

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The artist Henry Perlee Parker is credited with being the first artist to submit a true mining picture to the Royal Academy, in 1836. Entitled 'Pitmen at Play', Parker’s depiction of a north-eastern colliery is typical of his social-realist paintings and is one of a series that he painted on this theme.

National Coal Mining Museum for England



Pitmen at Play




oil on canvas


H 77 x W 89 cm

Accession number

YKSMM: 1997.1527

Acquisition method

purchased with the assistance of the Prism Fund, 1995

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National Coal Mining Museum for England

Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF4 4RH England

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