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MINSTER GATES, York. original watercolour c1920.


Albert Henry Findley: MINSTER GATES, York. a large original watercolour c1920. Born in Leicester on 7th March 1880, he was the eldest son of Richard Findley, a chairmaker for churches, businesses and private houses. Although Albert was first employed in the shoe industry, his great interest was in carpentry (taking after his father) and he made many fine pieces of furniture in his lifetime. It was in about 1907 that he started painting scenes of Leicester and these were followed by various cathedral views including York, Lincoln, Norwich, Peterborough and Durham. Albert used to paint by gaslight in the living room of his small terraced house in Bridge Road. After his retirement in 1945 he was able to paint full time and worked in a large shed in the back garden which had a large window inserted to allow plenty of light in. Leicester Arts & Museums collection has 15 watercolours by Findley, including these two of the Clock Tower and the War Memorial.