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Watercolour - A Birmingham Canal
  • A Birmingham Canal
    Shoosmith, Thurston Laidlaw, born 1865 - died 1933
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A Birmingham Canal

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    1919 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Shoosmith, Thurston Laidlaw, born 1865 - died 1933 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Cecil A. Hunt in 1920

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case WD, shelf 73, box A

Physical description

Watercolour on paper entitled 'A Birmingham Canal', depicting an industrialised scene with smoking chimneys from the factories, red-brick buildings and a small bridge. There are people roughly sketched on the banks of the canal. Signed and dated by the artist.

Place of Origin

Britain (painted)


1919 (painted)


Shoosmith, Thurston Laidlaw, born 1865 - died 1933 (artist)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

T. L. Shoosmith 1919
Signed and dated


Height: 11.025 in, Width: 14 in

Object history note

Little is known about Thurston Laidlaw Shoosmith.
The limited palette and thick wove paper are combined to convey the smoggy atmosphere surrounding these factories. This is further emphasised through the broad applications of wash for the walls and roofs of the buildings under a wide grey sky. In the foreground figures are represented through short applications of red, blue and black.

Descriptive line

Watercolour on paper entitled 'A Birmingham Canal' by Thurston Laidlaw Shoosmith. Great Britain, 1919.




Watercolour drawing

Subjects depicted

Canals; Industrial; Industry


Paintings; Landscapes


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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