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Street scene with arched top, representing aspects of work. In the centre, a group of navvies are digging up the road, one is carrying bricks, another drinking beer, while others shovel the earth dug up by their workmates below into a pile on the surface. In front of them, a young girl with tousled hair and a ragged red, velvet dress looks after three children; a baby in her arms, a small girl at her side, and boy to the right, whose refusal to leave the workmen's wheelbarrow alone has forced the young girl to pull him away by his hair.

Manchester Art Gallery





oil on canvas


H 137 x W 197.3 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased from T. E. Plint, 1885

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Inscription description

Signed brc: F.MADOX BROWN 1852-/65


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