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The Big Ditch: Looking at No. 9 Dock from Trafford Wharf

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Manchester (photographed)

  • Date:

    1986 (photographed)
    1991 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Darwell, John, born 1955 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 923

Physical description

A black and white photograph showing a view of the deserted and derelict Salford docks in Manchester. On the quayside to the left a container crane is prominently visible.

Place of Origin

Manchester (photographed)


1986 (photographed)
1991 (printed)


Darwell, John, born 1955 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print

Marks and inscriptions

'© John Darwell'

'© John Darwell' and 'John Darwell 1986'
Signed in pencil on the back

'Printed 1991'
Inscribed with the title and date


Height: 32.2 cm image, Width: 47.2 cm image, Height: 40.5 cm sheet, Width: 50.4 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Photograph by John Darwell, 'The Big Ditch: Looking at No. 9 Dock from Trafford Wharf', gelatin-silver print, Manchester, photographed 1986, printed 1991

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Darwell, John. The Big Ditch : The Manchester Ship Canal seen through the camera of John Darwell. Chorley: Countryside Publications, 1987. 72 pp, illus. ISBN: 0861572505.
Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1991


Photographic paper



Subjects depicted

Wharf; Crane; Docks; Derelict buildings




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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