Oxford Road, Manchester

Adolphe Valette, 1876 - 1942

Oxford Road, Manchester

Adolphe Valette 1876 - 1942


An impressionistic, smog-ridden view of Oxford Road, Manchester. The view is looking towards the city centre with the Refuge Assurance building (now the Palace Hotel) under construction in the background to right, beyond the railway bridge which spans the street to the left. There is a motor car in the foreground to the left beside a crowded pavement, and buildings with smoking chimneys lining the road to the right.

Display Label

Oxford Road, Manchester 1910 Adolphe Valette 1876-1942 Oil on jute Valette's most successful impressionist painting, this view of Oxford Road looks towards the city centre. The Refuge Assurance Building (now the Palace hotel) can be seen in the background on the right with its new tower still under construction. The painting shows Edwardian Manchester as a busy and changing industrial city, with pedestrians, horse-drawn and motor vehicles all pushing their way through the thick smog. 'Oxford Road' received favourable press comment when first exhibited in Liverpool in 1910. This probably encouraged the artist to produce further works in the same vein. Purchased 1928.31

Object Name

Oxford Road, Manchester

Creators Name

Adolphe Valette

Date Created



Canvas: 127.4cm x 101.5cm
Frame: 152cm x 127cm

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oil paint

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[G16] Manchester Art Gallery - Gallery 16 - TEMPORARILY CLOSED
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