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This volume examines the work of five figurative artists working in Britain in the 1950s: they are Joan Eardley (19211963), Sheila Fell (19311979), Eva Frankfurther (19301959), Josef Herman (19112000) and LS Lowry (18871976). Each of them established a strong identification with the place in which they chose to live and work and that represented, for a significant part of their careers, the primary focus of their practice. Each associated themselves with a specific place: Eardley, the Gorbals in Glasgow; Fell, the mining community and landscape of her native Aspatria, Cumbria; Frankfurther, Londons East End and its multi-cultural working-class communities; Herman, Ystradgynlais in South Wales with its indigenous mining community; and Lowry, his hometown of Manchester with its industrial, densely populated cityscape. Each produced a concentrated and coherent body of work imbued with this strong sense or spirit of place and the largely working-class people associated with it, although Eardley and especially Fell also produced powerful landscapes. This volume links these five seemingly disparate artists by uncovering a network of relationships, both personal and professional, and their shared exploration of particular artistic concerns and motifs.