A Manchester Alphabet - E for Exchange

Roger Oldham (artist)

Black and white illustration, hand painted. The front of Manchester's Royal Exchange domiinates three-quarters of the image. The bottom quarter of the image depicts a crowd. Those closest to the viewer are wearing top hats. The accompanying poem reads: 'E for Exchange. The Royal Exchange has a very big floor/But it's not big enough, so they open...

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A Manchester Alphabet - R for Robert

Roger Oldham (artist)

Printed illustration from a children's book, hand-coloured. In the centre foreground is a policeman, in the uniform of the early 20th century, directing traffic. In the background, a street scene with pedestrians, horse-drawn carriages and other vehicles. In the background is a building with a clocktower and another with turrets and flags. The p...

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A Manchester Alphabet - I for Irwell

Roger Oldham (artist)

Black and white illustration, hand tinted in colour. Exterior city scape. Bottom right is a police man; bottom left are three chldren, one of whom is hanging over a bridge looking at the river below. Roughly centre of the composition is a second bridge, with, in the distance, a square tower resembling a church and buildings in silhouette. The ac...

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A Manchester Alphabet - Q for De Quincy

Roger Oldham (artist)

Printed illustration from a children's book, hand-coloured. In the left foreground a seated boy is reading an enormous book titled "Arabian Nights". On the ground are more books and loose papers, and in the bottom left a top hat. In the background is a detached house, surrounded by trees. The accompanying poem reads 'Q for De Quincey. De Quincey...

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A Manchester Alphabet - B for Bowden

Roger Oldham (artist)

Printed illustration from a children's book, hand-coloured by the artist. The letter B is represented by three men fishing in a canal which appears to the right of the image. To the left is a steam train. In the distance, on the horizon, is a city scape. The illustration is accompanied by the following poem: 'B for Bowdon. The men who sleep in B...

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A Manchester Alphabet - A for Ancoats

Roger Oldham (artist)

Printed black and white illustration, hand-coloured by the artist. A rainy street scene. In the foreground is a girl wearing a red shawl and clogs, with a smaller child to the left wearing a large hat and boots. Above them are two shop signs, one advertising a clog maker's and the other the three balls indicating a pawnbroker's. In the backgrou...

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A Manchester Alphabet - J for Joule

Roger Oldham (artist)

Black and white illustration; hand tinted in colour. Interior. Depiction of Manchester's Town Hall, with gothic arches. To the left is a column; slightly off-centre is a statue of a seated man, on a raised plinth, one leg crossed over the other, one elbow supported on a chair arm; the other arm holding an small square object. Looking up at the ...

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A Manchester Alphabet - N for Motor Car Number

Roger Oldham (artist)

Black and white illustration, hand tinted in colour. The back view of an open-topped car, with two occupants. The driver, wearing a peaked cap, gloves, goggles and overcoat, appears to be reomonstrating with a policeman, just seen, on the right, in profile, writing a ticket. A woman passenger, wearing an enormous hat and goggles, watches. On the...

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A Manchester Alphabet - P for Picture Gallery

Roger Oldham (artist)

Illustration from a children's book, hand-coloured. The main entrance of Manchester Art Gallery showing the steps leading up to the mezzanine level, with statues on plinths on either side. The book plate differs from the original drawing (also belonging to the gallery) in small details: there are only two figures bottom left, as opposed to the t...

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A Manchester Alphabet - W for Whit Week Walk

Roger Oldham (artist)

Black and white illustration, hand coloured. Exterior, depicting a procession of well-dressed children carrying enormous banners, with, in the background, a porticoed buidling - Manchester Art Gallery - flying the union flag. To the left, an enormous banner carried by two children, appears to fly in the breeze. The accompanying poem reads "W for...

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A Manchester Alphabet - Z for Zoo

Roger Oldham (artist)

Black and white illustration, hand coloured. To the right, dominating the image, is an elephant; behind his trunk stands his keeper. A small girl stands in front of the elephant with, behind her, a woman, with pram, and wearing a full, floor-length skirt, a cloak, and a hat with veil twisting in the breeze. Trees and low-level buildings are in t...

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A Manchester Alphabet - C for Chorlton

Roger Oldham (artist)

Printed illustration from a children's book, hand-coloured by the artist. The letter C is represented by a scene from Chorlton in the wintertime. In the foreground, groups of well-dressed people are walking on a snow-covered road, towards the lower right hand corner of the image. The most prominent group includes a girl in red and another carry...

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A Manchester Alphabet - O for Owl

Roger Oldham (artist)

Printed illustration from a children's book, hand-coloured by the artist. The letter O is represented by an Owl. The image shows a very traditional classroom. In the lower right-hand corner is a teacher, his back to the viewer, in gown and mortarboard. Two rows of boys, five in all, sit at long desks, writing in exercise books. The back wall is ...

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A Manchester Alphabet - Y for Yarn

Roger Oldham (artist)

Black and white illustration, hand coloured. Exterior. In the background is a row of timbered buildings. In the foreground are three men. On the left are two wearing tricorn hats, frock coats, knee britches, hose and buckled shoes. To the right is a man, shirt sleeves rolled to his elbows, leaning over a large crate. The poem reads "Y for Yarn. ...

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A Manchester Alphabet - G for Guardian

Roger Oldham (artist)

Black and white illustration, hand tinted in colour. Interior. Two figures stand in front of a wall-mounted cabinet displaying a broadsheet newspaper, with 'Manchester Guardian' written above. To the left is a stout gentleman, his back to the viewer but his head turning to face outwards, wearing a large overcoat, pin-striped trousers, and holdin...

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A Manchester Alphabet - S for Shudehill

Roger Oldham (artist)

Black and white illustration, hand-tinted colour. Market scene. To the right, three women, the centre figure with her back to the viewer. They wear full, floor-length skirts and shawls, and appear to be in heated discussion. To the left, a large basket fo cabbages. In the background are details suggesting a covered market, with male figures carr...

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