For centuries, northern British art has been held in great esteem. Possibly due to the fact that many artists that specialize in such work, display a genuine feel for the people and the areas that they paint and draw. The tough, gritty north of England has its roots embedded in the hard toil of many thousands of workers in the factories of Lancashire, Yorshire, and the north east. Many would have found employment in one of the many cotton mills, the raw material used to be imported from the East, usually India in the days of the Raj.
Some families became very rich, and employed hundreds of people working long hours in a noisy industrial environment, and for relatively little pay, operating machines that would produce cloth to be used throughout the country. The result this had on the communities was to produce masses of low grade housing where men and women would work very long hours struggling to provide for their families.