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William Wyld (1806-89)

Manchester from Kersal Moor dated 1852

Watercolour, touches of bodycolour, with gum arabic and scratching out | 31.9 x 49.1 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 920223

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Staying just outside of Manchester on her first visit there, the queen recorded seeing the ʻendless chimneys & factories rise around’. Wyld’s view of the great industrial city is heavily romanticised, with an idyllic pastoral foreground contrasting atmospherically with the smoking chimneys in the distance.