The Philadelphian - Interior of a Strip Mill at Shalesmoor, Sheffield
D. P. Little
, British, born 1928
Material and Medium: Oil on panel
Dimensions: Sight size: 390 x 345mm
Frame: 478 x 432 x 20mm
Department: Social History
Accession Number: 1985.563
Strip mills were introduced to Britain in the 1930s to speed up steel manufacture. Not only were all the elements of steel production now present in one place but larger sheets could be produced at a lower cost with fewer workers, making the process far more economical.
The artist painted this image at a time when the steel industry was declining and steelworks were closing. He has captured the moment where the steel worker has paused to take a much needed drink.
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