Manchester Art Gallery

India House, Manchester

Adolphe Valette, 1876 - 1942

India House, Manchester

Adolphe Valette 1876 - 1942


A sheltered view down the River Medlock in Manchester, seen from Oxford Bridge and looking in the direction of India House, a large office building on Whitworth Street. The top of the scene is framed by the black underside of an archway belonging to the railway viaduct spanning Oxford Road. In the centre of the composition is the hazy, looming form of India House, its numerous lit up windows reflected in the water below. To the left, extending out over the river is part of the Refuge Assurance building (now the Palace Hotel). To the right are two large, industrial looking buildings beyond which are the various indistinct forms of girders and trails of smoke. Travelling along the river in the middle-distance are two flat barges.

Display Label

India House 1912 Adolphe Valette 1876-1942 Oil on linen and jute Valette loved the rivers and canals of Manchester, exploiting their bridges to dramatic artistic effect. This view shows the River Medlock. It is taken from Oxford Road Bridge, which is just by the railway viaduct. The arch at the top is part of the viaduct and the projecting building on the left is the Refuge Assurance Building (now the Palace hotel). At the rear is the back of India House, a large terracotta office building on Whitworth Street. This was constructed in 1906 and was thus very modern. Valette has used its even rows of illuminated windows to create patterns of light and reflection in the water. Purchased 1928.38

Object Name

India House, Manchester

Creators Name

Adolphe Valette

Date Created



Canvas: 142.4cm x 86.1cm
Frame: 153.3cm x 98cm

accession number


Collection Group

fine art

Place of creation





Oil paint

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Manchester Art Gallery - Gallery 3
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