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A rare 1950s portrait of Britain’s industrial architecture by Prunella Clough

The Tate has opened a window to Britain’s industrial past through the lens of the late artist Prunella Clough.

Majestic wrought iron gasholders, towering cranes and factories spewing plumes of smoke all feature in the gallery’s online collection of her unseen works.

Clough – an artist whose work became increasingly abstract as her career went on – was fascinated by the urban landscapes of post-WWII Britain. She took these evocative photographs during the 1950s, and similar industrial scenes would later become the subject of her paintings.

These photographs have been published as part of the Tate’s Archives and Access project – one of the most comprehensive online art and archival resources in the world.

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