Adolphe Valette’s Manchester Boxed Notecards
Twenty assorted 5 x 7 in. blank notecards (5 each of 4 designs) with envelopes in a decorative box.
Published with the Manchester Art Gallery.
Born in Saint-Etienne, France, Adolphe Valette (1876–1942) enrolled in art studies there at age fifteen. In 1904 he traveled to London and soon moved on to Manchester, where he worked as a designer and began studying at the Municipal School of Art. His talents, including drawing the nude model, were quickly recognized. The headmaster encouraged Valette to apply for the vacant post of master of painting and drawing. Accomplished also at etching, Valette taught that subject as well during his tenure (1906–1920) at the school. But it is for his impressionistic paintings of modernizing Manchester that the Frenchman-turned-Englishman is best known. Composed soon after the turn of the twentieth century, the series dramatically depicts—through a veil of fog and industrial haze—the merging of past and present, where horse-drawn carts, automobiles, steam trains, and barges advance along the streets, trestles, and waterways of Manchester.
Contains five each of the following notecards:
India House, Manchester, 1912
Oxford Road, Manchester, 1910
Albert Square, Manchester, 1910
York Street leading to Charles Street, Manchester, 1913