The Ship Canal Digger

John Cassidy, 01/01/1860 - 1939

The Ship Canal Digger

John Cassidy 01/01/1860 - 1939


Bronze statuette of labourer on Manchester ship canal. Man dressed in work clothes with brimmed hat. Stands upright with his right leg slightly bent and his right arm leaning on a spade stuck in ground. Wipes his brow with his left hand.

Display Label

Manchester's pride in itself has never wavered. Walk the streets, absorb its past and present. Impressive buildings and landmarks evoke the power and vitality of the historic city. The scale and grandeur of the city's ambitions are evident in the design of the Town Hall. Its striking appearance declared Manchester to be the greatest textile city in the world. Manchester was always first with inventions. Since the IRA bomb in 1996, the city itself has been reinvented. Today Mancunians can take fresh pride in the successful rebuilding of the city.

Object Name

The Ship Canal Digger

Creators Name

John Cassidy

Date Created



Whole: 66cm x 22.5cm

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[G12] Manchester Art Gallery - Gallery 12
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