With M. Newman, London, by September 1967; by whom sold to Sir John Smith
The present painting depicts the Murton Colliery a decade after the shafts were sunk. Following the discovery of coal in its fields in 1838, Murton transformed from a small, rural hamlet into an industrial community, with miners relocating there from across the north of England, and, eventually, from much further afield. Five years prior to completing the present painting, Carmichael painted a similar work, A View of Murton Colliery Near Seaham, which shows a closer view of the mine and its workers.
The canvas has been lined. Some areas of localised craquelure throughout. A dirty and discoloured layer of surface. The work appreas to be in good overall condition.
UV light inspection reveals some minor areas of retouching in the foreground and to the figure group. Some possible old retouchings and infilling to the background and sky but more conclusive reading is obscured by a heavy layer of opaque varnish.
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