Holman Bros Ltd was a Cornish engineering family firm founded in 1801; it gained a worldwide reputation and merged in 1968 with Broom Wade of High Wycombe to become CompAir (UK) Ltd. Finally the company closed in December 2003.
In this painting, figures with a compressor and rock drills are at the face of the Holman test mine. This was not, in fact, a mine but a small granite quarry at Carwinnen near Troon, acquired by the company in 1920 specifically for training and testing purposes.
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Royal Cornwall Museum
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TRURI : 2004.3.16
purchased with the assistance of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, the Tanner Trust, the Boughton Trust, the Cornwall Heritage Trust, the Viscountess Boyd Charitable Trust and individual donors, 2004