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The Rasp Grinders
Framed (ref: 8706)
Oil on canvas
43 x 66 in. (109.5 x 168 cm)
Tags: Sixty New Acquisitions
Provenance: Vaughan's, 1930-1990; Dudley Art Gallery, 1990-2016 (long term loan)
Exhibited:Percy Shakespeare, Dudley Museum and Art Gallery, August 1999; Dudley Art Gallery, 1990-2016 (long term loan)
Literature: Robin Shaw, Percy Shakespeare: Dudley's Painter of the Thirties, published by Robin Shaw (ISBN 0953912604), 2000, p 27-28
Percy Shakespeare's largest painting, The Rasp Grinders, was commissioned by the Hope Works Company, Dudley. Specialist suppliers of blacksmithing tools, foundry equipment, and ironmongery, they are a historic operation, and a staple of Black Country industry.
Shakespeare sets his scene in a typical workshop, built of brick with a raftered roof. He depicts three workmen toiling away as sparks fly from the grindstone. These bursts of colour create a sharp accent against the muddy, muted hues of the composition. Like the smoke that billows from these flashes, or the light that plays upon the grooves of corrugated steel, the artist renders such details in a subtle, schematic way, and breathes great life and energy into the composition.
This painting appears as PS66 in Robin Shaw's catalogue raisonne of Percy Shakespeare.
We are grateful to Robin Shaw for his assistance.