Francis Speight, Untitled (Manayunk Scene)

Francis Speight: Untitled (Manayunk Scene) (Undated) Oil on canvas
Title
Untitled (Manayunk Scene)
Date
Undated
Medium
Oil on canvas
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. C. Daniel Coppes, 1997
Dimensions
25" x 32 ½"

A subject dominating much of the artist’s work, Manayunk is shown here at a distance. Brown hills become green, which give way to a line of townhomes with colorful roofs, and factory buildings further beyond. Though landmarks in the work such as the bright copper-topped steeple no longer exist, the densely packed, sloped streets and industrial character still remain to define the neighborhood.

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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