Media: Flo-Master pen, pastel and watercolour on paper
Size: 22.5 x 31 cm
Norman Cornish – Behind the Scenes page 27
A unique drawing of miners going in to work at Mainsforth Colliery, Ferryhill, where Norman was transferred to in 1962. It was at this colliery that he received the call from Durham County Council to ‘paint a mural’, a task which was to dominate much of the next year.
Mainsforth Colliery was a Deep mine rather than a Drift mine, the latter where the men walk in at an angle rather than being lowered down by cage. The men walking to their next shift can be seen wearing safety helmets for possibly the only time in Norman’s compositions: the then recent addition to the miner’s uniform.