Francis Speight, Manayunk Across The Schuykill

Francis Speight: Manayunk Across The Schuykill (c. 1954) Oil on canvas
Manayunk Across The Schuykill
c. 1954
Oil on canvas
Credit Line
Collection of Harry and Catherine Kuch, 1984
30" x 38"

A subject of much of his work, Manayunk is shown from a high vantage point, with a view of the Schuylkill river behind a row of houses. Across the river, billowing smokestacks of a factory and, further in the distance, a radio tower can be seen. Two women and three children in front of the view in the foreground. Covered with homes and businesses today, the sprawling plains found in this work represents the simple origins of the community.

Woodmere has collected numerous works by artists who found their inspiration in Manayunk, an industrial and residential neighborhood on the Schuylkill River northwest of Philadelphia. Claude Joseph Warlow, Antonio P. Martino, and Ron Tarver are among those who have been drawn to Manayunk visual richness: the drama of its steep terrain and its mix of monumental, industrial, and domestic architecture.       


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