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Title: Manchester and Salford Children

Alternative Titles:

  • A Street Scene in Manchester

Object Name: painting

Artist/Maker: Armstrong, Thomas
Role in production: artist
Place of Creation: Europe, United Kingdom, England
Date: 1861

Accession Number: 1985.16
Image Copyright: © Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Purchased with the assistance of the Victoria & Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • oil paint/


  • oil on canvas

A group of three slum children in dark back alley. Two boys are seated on the ground, one, on the left, looks down at the floor, his friend, to his right, looks across towards him. A girl stands on the right, leaning against the wall, a hoop in her right hand, an apple in her left. They are playing a game with pieces of stone laid out on the pavement. A bucket of coal stands in the bottom right corner. At other end of alley-way is a slum courtyard with more children and adults. A woman does the washing, some of which hangs behind her on a line, a young girl helping her, while a man looks on.


Type: unframed
Height: 76 cm
Width: 61.6 cm

Type: framed
Height: 95.0
Width: 83.5
Depth: 9.0