Description Shown in a market area of Manchester known as "Smithy Door." Throngs of shoppers and hawkers mill about food stands. The surrounding buildings are primarily of half-timber construction. On one shop at the right is a sign: PETER ECKERSLEY/Late/DAWSON/Importers of Linens... At the left is a store displaying dishes in its window and next to it is a shop identified as: CRASTON SHOE MAKER. Seen in the background is the early 15th-century tower of the collegiate church of Manchester, which was elevated to the rank of cathedral in 1847. In the City Art Gallery, Manchester, is an undated lithograph of "Smithy Door" by H. G. James (inv. 1947.340).
Provenance William T. / Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] lower left: GWA 1832
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters
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