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Adolphe ValettePierre Adolphe Valette (1876 – 1942) was, arguably, the father of the Northern Art movement centred in Manchester. He was a French impressionist and industrial impressionist artist. His most celebrated paintings are urban landscapes of Manchester. Today, many are housed in the collection of the Manchester City Art Gallery. He is also memorable because after finishing his art studies he became a notable art teacher with lasting impact on the cultural diaspora of Manchester. Most famously, he is noted for his instruction to L. S. Lowry whom he influenced significantly.