- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 508 x 610 mm
frame: 690 x 790 x 75 mm
- Presented by the Very Rev. E. Milner-White 1927
The inspiration for this work may have come from a visit Harold Gilman made to the art critic and writer Frank Rutter, who became Director of Leeds City Art Gallery in 1912. Rutter was an enthusiastic admirer and reviewer of Gilman’s work, and the two became friends. Gilman shows the eastern extension of the City Market at Leeds, a section that was erected between 1897 and 1901. His viewpoint looks east towards the windows and gable.
For information on the history of the market, see Steven Birt and Kevin Grady, Kirkgate Market: An Illustrated History, Leeds 1992.
Walter Sickert, ‘A Monthly Chronicle: The London Group’, Burlington Magazine, vol.28, no.154, January 1916, p.164, in Anna Gruetzner Robins (ed.), Walter Sickert: The Complete Writings on Art, Oxford 2000, p.401.
Frank Rutter, Some Contemporary Artists, London 1922, p.134.
Campbell Dodgson, Etchings and Dry Points by Muirhead Bone, London 1909, pp.138–40.
For this and further details of his life, see Sarah Riddick, Pioneer Studio Pottery: The Milner White Collection, exhibition catalogue, Leeds City Art Gallery 1990.
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