When Oldham Was a Seaport Town



16”x 24” Acrylic

The Idea for this playful painting was triggered when the cast iron lamppost that stands outside Oldham’s Spindles shopping centre was presented to the town.

The lamppost’s decoration includes dolphins around the base. This I thought more appropriate to a seaside location or on the banks of the Thames.

The title was a familiar response when someone would say the likes of, “You could have a great night out and a chippy supper, all for less than a pound,” – “WHEN OLDHAM WAS A SEAPORT TOWN !”

In the painting’s middle distance is my homage to J. M. W. Turner, ‘The Fighting Temerare’ being towed to an Oldham breaker’s yard.

The original painting was purchased for an 83rd birthday gift for the late Eric Sykes.

Signed limited edition litho prints are available, size: 13 ¼” x 20”

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