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), 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, Mariam 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. He studied at the Yarmouth and Gorletston School 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 sister Miriam (1868-1957) ran the High Street shop. A member of the Yarmouth and Gorleston Art Society and as the artist, together with Claude Ernest Mowle [q.v.], 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 Tollhouse; Johnson's Rooms; The White Lion Hotel and at Liverpool and for some ten years was woodwork instructor at the East Anglian Blind and Deaf School at Gorleston. He died at his home, 47 Trafalgar Road West, Gorleston on 9 January 1936, when his age was given as 62.

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