LUCK, Kenneth William

1872 - 1936

Kenneth Luck

Kenneth William Luck was born at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk in the last quarter of 1872, son of Thomas Luck (1826-1879), an innkeeper, and his wife Marianne née Sheppard, who married at Lambeth, London in 1853. His father, who kept 'The Cambridge' in King Street, Great Yarmouth, died in 1879 and in 1881, his 49-year-old widowed mother, who was born at Herringfleet, Suffolk, was a general shopkeeper at 1 Trueman Terrace, 30 High Street, Gorleston, Norfolk with her three children, Martin 17, Miriam 12 and young Kenneth 9. Ten years later Kenneth was an 18-year-old apprentice carpenter, still living at the same address and was still there in 1901. Kenneth studied at the Great Yarmouth College of Art and in London. His mother died in 1908 and in 1911, Kenneth was a 32-year-old draughtsman & carpenter to a shipbuilder, when his 40-year-old sister Miriam (1868-1957) ran the High Street shop. In 1921 a 48-year-old instructor in woodwork and mechanical drawing at the East Anglian Blind and Deaf School at Gorleston, living at 10 Church Lane, Gorleston, Norfolk with his 52-year-old sister Miriam, who was born at Alton, Hampshire, a dressmaker, as his housekeeper. A member of the Great Yarmouth & District Society of Artists and as the artist, together with Claude Ernest Mowle, a professional photographer, they worked in Gorleston and collaborated on ship portraits in the early part of the 20th century. Mowle photographed the boats, using these to solicit orders for the paintings executed by Luck, sometimes using lantern slides to project the photographic images onto his painting. Mowle framed and delivered the finished pictures, signed Mowle & Luck, selling them to the local fishermen for £1 apiece. Luck exhibited locally at The Tolhouse, Great Yarmouth; Johnson's Rooms; The White Lion Hotel and at Liverpool. Kenneth William Luck died at his then home, 47 Trafalgar Road West, Gorleston on 9 January 1936, when his age was given as 62.

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