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The Cliff Rowe collection was donated to People's History Museum (PHM) by the artist in 1985. The full collection includes over 1,600 paintings, prints and drawings. In July 2020, members of PHM's staff looked at the collection in the context of Covid-19 and picked paintings that resonated with them.


A lifelong socialist, Rowe focused a lot of his work on industry, working life, and people – he sought to achieve socially relevant art. Initially influenced by Socialist Realism prevalent in the Soviet Union, where he worked in the 1930s, Rowe slowly moved to more abstract art in the 1960s; though his dominant themes remained the same.

Artists featured in this Curation: Clifford Hooper Rowe (1904–1989)
14 artworks
Woman Looking Through a Microscope
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: People's History Museum

Woman Looking Through a Microscope 1966

Clifford Hooper Rowe (1904–1989)

Oil on board

H 120 x W 106 cm

People's History Museum

Pulping Machine
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: People's History Museum

Pulping Machine 1967

Clifford Hooper Rowe (1904–1989)

Oil on panel

H 53 x W 86 cm

People's History Museum

Woman on Moped
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: People's History Museum

Woman on Moped

Clifford Hooper Rowe (1904–1989)

Oil on board

H 61 x W 122 cm

People's History Museum

Woman Cleaning Loco Boiler
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: People's History Museum

Woman Cleaning Loco Boiler

Clifford Hooper Rowe (1904–1989)

Oil on board

H 93 x W 61 cm

People's History Museum

Crane Operator
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: People's History Museum

Crane Operator

Clifford Hooper Rowe (1904–1989)

Oil on paper on board

H 122 x W 61 cm

People's History Museum

By Chance
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: People's History Museum

By Chance

Clifford Hooper Rowe (1904–1989)

Oil on board

H 128 x W 57 cm

People's History Museum

Woman Silkscreen Printer
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: People's History Museum

Woman Silkscreen Printer

Clifford Hooper Rowe (1904–1989)

Acrylic on board

H 90 x W 49 cm

People's History Museum

Old Lighthouse, Harwich
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: People's History Museum

Old Lighthouse, Harwich 1973

Clifford Hooper Rowe (1904–1989)

Acrylic on board

H 34 x W 93 cm

People's History Museum

Woman Reclining on Bed
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: People's History Museum

Woman Reclining on Bed

Clifford Hooper Rowe (1904–1989)

Oil on canvas

H 61 x W 122 cm

People's History Museum

Hospital Laundry Workers
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: People's History Museum

Hospital Laundry Workers

Clifford Hooper Rowe (1904–1989)

Oil on board

H 20 x W 33 cm

People's History Museum

Black Singer
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: People's History Museum

Black Singer 1969

Clifford Hooper Rowe (1904–1989)

Oil on board

H 97 x W 152 cm

People's History Museum

Woman with Birdcage in Window
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: People's History Museum

Woman with Birdcage in Window 1931

Clifford Hooper Rowe (1904–1989)

Oil on board

H 61 x W 91 cm

People's History Museum

Southend
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: People's History Museum

Southend 1971

Clifford Hooper Rowe (1904–1989)

Oil on board

H 90 x W 122 cm

People's History Museum

Woman Potter
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: People's History Museum

Woman Potter

Clifford Hooper Rowe (1904–1989)

Oil on board

H 122 x W 61 cm

People's History Museum