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Leonard Griffiths Brammer


Whitfield Tip, N. Staffordshire by Leonard Griffiths Brammer

Whitfield Tip, N. Staffordshire   1955

  Original soft ground etching and mezzotint.
Signed and titled in pencil.
S 271 x 362 mm; P & I 183 x 269 mm
Original soft ground etching and mezzotint by Leonard Brammer.

Very good, strong impression with burr, skilfully printed to evoke superb atmospheric effect. Signed proof from the only edition.

Chatterley Whitfield was once one of 22 collieries on the Staffordshire coalfield, and is one of only 2 now remaining in preservation.The colliery opened in the first half of the 19th century, and was the first to produce a million tons in a year. Brammer's image shows the Chatterley Whitfield colliery tip as seen from Chell Heath in 1955.

In Whitfiled Tip we see an image of families going about their daily lives, oblivious of the dull monotony of the housing by which they are surrounded - a gloomy spectacle dominated by the mountainous pile of the tip which looms in the background. Brammer's works are sombre indeed, yet they remain one of the outstanding portrayals of industrial landscape.

On cream wove Whatman paper, with full margins. Very fine condition.