Laying Monster Tubes from the New River by JB Pyne

The exact location of the view in this unusual picture has not been identified but it is almost certainly in north London, most probably around Islington or Stoke Newington, or near the artist's home on the border of Camden and Hampstead.


Oil on canvas
43 x 60 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,375 ( Total: £5,500)
Acquired in:
David Messum Fine Art Ltd

The laying of large cast-iron pipes would have been a common sight during the second half of the nineteenth century. A great deal of work was undertaken at that time to increase the supply of clean water to an ever-growing number of customers.


Owen Lloyd 1856, by whom returned to the artist in excahnge for another work; Phillips, c 1991; with David Messum.

Venue details

Guildhall Art Gallery Guildhall Yard, LONDON London EC2V 5AE 020 7332 3700

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