Brian Bradshaw, Fairfield Street, Manchester


This is an important picture, being one of Bradshaw’s more prominent paintings before his move to South Africa and one of the few we have seen that depict Manchester. It is featured in both The Northern School Revisited (Peter Davies) and The Northern School: a Reappraisal (Martin Regan). The painting was bought directly from Bradshaw by the Bolton born artist, Bryan Senior. Bradshaw had apparently considered entitling it “The Sacred and the Profane”, after a prominent 1957 book of the same name considering the nature of religion. The painting depicts St Andrew’s Church, Ancoats, looking up St Andrew’s Street from Fairfield Street. The Church, just a stone’s throw from Piccadilly Station, was demolished not long after Bradshaw painted it in the late 1950s. The area around the Church used to be densely populated terraced houses, but these disappeared as part of the post war slum clearances.


Title: Fairfield Street, Manchester
Artist: Brian Bradshaw
Medium: oil on canvas
Height: 30
Width: 43 inches
Signature: signed lower left
Year: c1957
Price: £5,200