Old buildings, Brighouse, circa 1970
Framed (ref: 30)
Signed and titled
Oil on canvas, 20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61 cm.)
Provenance: from the artist's own collection
This shows Briggate Street in the late 1960s (now largely altered). Brook changed the name over the shop in homage to William Saroyan (1908-1981), the American author whose stories celebrated optimism in the middle of the trials and difficulties of the Depression era. The figure outside the shop is a portrait of Saroyan. Observing the television aerials, Brook recalls that the late 60s was a period when everyone was tuning into the BBC - in 1965 Brook himself acquired his first television, in exchange for one his paintings.