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Splitting Stone by Gads

© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Langton Matravers Local History and Preservation Society

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The artist was a Langton Matravers quarryman.This is his only painting, done when a young man, showing his father at work. His family was always locally known as the 'Gad Bowers', because there were so many different families called Bower in Langton that they were all given distinctive names. This family was very clever at splitting huge blocks of stone with the use of 'gads', leaving a clean and flat edge.

Langton Parish Museum


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  • Medium

    oil on board

  • Measurements

    24.5 x 22 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    donated by the artist, 1988


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