Study of a Cab at All Saints, Manchester by Adolphe Valette

Manchester holds the largest collection of works by Valette.


Oil on board
8.4 x 15.3 cm
Art Fund grant:
£4,108 ( Total: £13,800)
Acquired in:
Capes Dunn & Company

This study complements two large paintings of horse-drawn cabs by Valette already in the collection. The artist is best known as the teacher of L S Lowry and for his series of large impressionistic paintings of Edwardian Manchester which are a unique and memorable record of the city. Valette’s views were produced in his studio from small, spontaneous, sketches made on the spot. This work is a prime example of his subtly-toned studies, which are among his most appealing works and capture the city’s atmosphere more exactly than the finished works while showing the transformation process from street to studio.


The artist's widow Andree until 1971; Tib Lane Gallery, Manchester, 1971; John Cross; private collection, 1986.

Venue details

Manchester Art Gallery Mosley Street, MANCHESTER Greater Manchester M2 3JL 0161 235 8888

Entry details

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