Manchester from Belle Vue

George Danson, 1799 - 1881

Manchester from Belle Vue

George Danson 1799 - 1881


View of industrial Manchester seen from Belle Vue. There are smoking chimneys visible in the distance marking the industrial centre of the city. Carriages and horse-drawn carts crowded with people are travelling along a wide road both towards and away from Belle Vue. There is a green area in the middle ground of the picture separating the road from the city, containing a few trees. The sky is extensive and is fairly white and clouded towards possibly representing pollution. Above this section the sky is a strong blue colour.

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Manchester. What's your view? Is the horizon line the only constant in this small town turned second city? Artists have responded to Manchester painting the city's rapidly changing views; from rural beginnings, to industrialisation and expansion, through decline and then regeneration. Prospects, people, buildings, spaces all change, a continuing process. Vibrant, chaotic, modern, historic ... See this city.

Object Name

Manchester from Belle Vue

Creators Name

George Danson

Date Created



Panel: 15cm x 33.8cm
Frame: 25cm x 44.6cm

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Place of creation





oil paint


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