Those of you who have been regular long term readers of my blog will know that I just love stumbling across unusual links, information and quirky facts about my favourite River Irwell.
Over the years I’ve become quite the art connoisseur – especially when I can link other people art, to the places where I fish.
Back in February 2012 I wrote about “Impressionists On The Irwell” – have a read of these words and pictures from back in the day
Pierre Adolphe Valette was a French impressionist artist who came to live in Manchester in 1905. Finding our murky grey landscape to his liking – he stayed in the North West until 1928 painting many Manchester landscapes in the Impressionist style. He became a tutor at the Manchester Municipal School of Art and was mentor to L.S. Lowry.
Adolphe Valette Bailey Bridge 1912 above, Mike Duddy 2012 below
Adolphe painted many pictures of the Irwell in the impressionist style – today I did a good impression of an angler – and caught bugger all.
And now 250 years later, look how its change ! Hulme Hall was demolished in the 1800s, sacrificed for a railway line.
Realy interestind piece Mike, well done.
I stil have not fished at the back of the wetlands yet. I have just aquired a new pin so my mojo is back back in full force and I will also try where we fished together last summer in Kersal and see if I can pull out a beard or two😉
Tight Lines ,
Pete Smart says
Lovely article Mike.