Rich and Poor at Blackburn's Cotton Exchange
In the museum in Blackburn is a large, striking oil painting. Vladimir Sherwood depicted the Cotton Exchange's foundations being laid in 1862. In the foreground are the town's leading politicians and cotton kings. They are carefully painted, for they are meant to be recognised. In the background are the masses. These are the folk who worked the very cotton mills that made these businessmen rich. Sherwood never felt the need to properly depict them; their faces are blurred and hidden.