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Scene on the Irwell, Salford

Manchester born artist George Day Jackson painted this scene of the River Irwell in 1856. It depicts the river from Albert Bridge, New Bailey Street, and allows us a glimpse of industrial Salford when the river was vitally important for transporting goods to and from factories. The scene is vastly different from how it looks today, showing mill chimneys spewing smoke into the distance, with run down working boats docked at the riverside, and carts being towed along cobbles.

In the distance can be seen the old bridge that carried the Manchester to Liverpool railway. Jackson, who began this painting in Salford, moved to Australia in his 20s where he completed this piece. Whilst in Australia he continued to create new paintings including a number of Sydney Cove.