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Manayunk

Manayunk

Artist: Francis Speight (American, 1896–1989)
Culture: American
Date: 1925–1927
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
40 x 42 inches (101.6 x 106.7 cm)
Frame: 51 x 53 x 3 inches (129.5 x 134.6 x 7.6 cm)
Classification: Painting
Credit Line: Museum purchase with additional funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts
Label Text:Before moving to Greenville, NC in 1961, the subject of most of Francis Speight's paintings was the small Pennsylvania industrial town of Manayunk, near Philadelphia on the Schuylkill River. Manayunk's hills, streets and factories held an endless fascination for Speight who, growing up in the coastal plain of North Carolina, became captivated with what he called "the height and depth of the landscape". ith the romantic, or poetic, realism which marks Francis Speight's work, Manayunk's houses and terraced hillsides, depicted by the artist in every light and season, take on an Old World feeling representative of the immigrants who built the town in the early 19th century.
Provenance: Purchased from the artist. Collection of the artist
Object number: 1975.24.1
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