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Manchester Celebrities: The Visual Arts

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Artists of the Region

Louise Jopling RBA

Louise Jopling, Woman Painter Manchester
Louise Jopling – after a portrait by John
Everett Millais

Louise Jopling, was born Louise Goode in 1843
in Manchester. One of a family of nine, she was orphaned at a young
age, and at the tender age of only seventeen, she married Frank Romer.
Romer became private secretary to Baron Rothschild in Paris, but it
was his wife the Baroness who first recognised Louise’s talent and
encouraged her to take up art seriously, and arranged for her to train
at the studio of Charles Chaplin, a British painter living in Paris.

Unfortunately, Romer was dismissed by Rothschild in 1869, and the
couple returned to England. Subsequently, Louise had three of her
pictures in hung in the Royal Academy Exhibition of 1871. Romer died
suddenly in 1872, and Louise remarried in 1874, to the Joseph Jopling,
a watercolourist.
Louise Jopling became a celebrated painter of domestic scenes and
portraiture, including her painting of the actress “Ellen
Terry” . Her book, “Hints for Amateurs” was
published in 1890.
Louise’s work is represented in the Lady Lever Gallery and at the
Russell-Cotes Museum in Bournemouth. A self portrait, done in 1871,
is in the Manchester Art Gallery,
where there is also a portrait of her made by her son, Lindsay. In
1879, the celebrated Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais,
an old friend of her husband, painted a most striking and beautiful
portrait of Louise which is now owned by the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.
Louise Jopling was the first woman to be elected a member of the Royal
Society of British Artists.

Walter Kershaw

(Born 1940)
Walter Kershaw is a celebrated Littleborough-based artist who has
been described as “… of an independent mind and means”.
Born on the 7th December 1940, he was educated at the De La Salle
College in Salford from 1951-1957, and later at Durham University
from 1958-1962. Kershaw specialises in large wall murals in oils.
Large scale wall murals by him are found at Hollingworth Lake and
Manchester, as well as
nationally and abroad, including Trafford Park, BAE Systems at Woodford,
Wensum Lodge in Norwich, Manchester United, the University of São
Paulo and Metro Recife in Brazil and Sarajevo International Arts Festival.
The Trafford Park Mural was painted on the side of the building in
1982. Kershaw replaced it in 1993 when it was unveiled by football
legend, Denis Law.He has paintings in the permanent collection of
the Victoria & Albert Museum, has exhibited at the National Portrait
Gallery and has had photographs of his murals on show at the Tate
Gallery. He has also exhibited at the British Council in Berlin, São
Paulo and Edinburgh.
He has won many prizes for his art including the Salisbury Heywood
Prize, and awards from the Gulbenkian Foundation in London and Lisbon.

Walter Kershaw enjoys travel, cricket and photography and is a member
of Littleborough Cricket Club. He currently lives at his studio in
Littleborough. His website is at:

Roger Fenton

Roger Fenton, Rochdale-born photographer

Born in Rochdale in 1819, the son of a Lancashire mill-owner and banker,
Roger Fenton is now best remembered for his definitive photographs
of the Crimean War. But, Fenton had a much broader portfolio, which
often misses public attention.
After studying at London University, Fenton studied art in London,
and later in Paris under the painter Paul Delaroche. However, having
had little success as a painter, in 1844 he returned to London and
studied law.
In 1851 he went to Paris and was immediately impressed by the work
of French photographers. In 1852 he visited Russia, and his photographs
were amongst the first ever to be seen in England and immediately
earned him artistic notoriety. It was he who proposed the setting
up of a London Photographic Society, and in January 1853 the origins
of what was to become the Royal Photographic Society were set in place,
with Fenton acting as its secretary for the next 3 years. As a now
distinguished proponent of the new art form, Fenton photographed Queen
Victoria’s family, and was appointed as the official photographer
to the British Museum.
Soon after the outbreak of the Crimean War in 1853 the inadequacy
of medical provision became evident, more troops dying though disease
than injury, and in 1855, in response to disastrous criticism of the
government’s handling of the war, Fenton was commissioned to photograph
it, and produced over 350 pictures of the conflict, which are largely
responsible for his abiding reputation. Later, criticisms of the legitimacy
of his photos were made, as it was perceived to be little more than
a propaganda exercise, as he was bound to show the wellbeing of the
troops, and in any case he wanted to sell his pictures, and the more
gruesome realistic ones were not thought to be commercially viable.
After the war he published bound volumes of his prints, but they did
not sell as well as he had hoped. From a commercial viewpoint, photographs
were not yet permanent enough and tended to fade over time, as an
adequate “fix” was not yet available. Fenton also produced
a number of Stereoscopic images, a popular format at the time. His
pictures of architecture, landscapes, cathedrals and still life subjects
proved much more popular. Inexplicably, his series of photographic
prints from an expedition to the Scottish highlands were never published
and by 1861 he had given up photography completely and returned to
practising law.
Roger Fenton died in 1869 at the age of forty-nine. Over 800 of Fenton’s
photographs are known to exist and 600 prints are kept in the Royal
Photographic Society archives.

Arthur Devis & Son

Arthur Devis, artist, painter and portraitist

The artist Arthur Devis was born in Preston
in 1712 and best known nowadays for his ‘conversation pieces’ – portraits
of local landed gentry and their families. His style has an unmistakably
naïve quality and his figures are thought to be ‘doll-like’ in
their appearance. This is probably because Devis rarely painted from
life, but preferred small wooden ‘lay-figures’ or models, and tended
to only include the sitter during the final stage to achieve a good
Nevertheless, Devis was a successful artist and had a studio in London
for some twenty years from the 1740s until his style fell out of fashion
in the 1760s. His popularity was relatively short-lived and by the
time of his death Devis was virtually unknown, forgotten and working
Devis’s son, Arthur William Devis, was born in London, but was registered
as a Guild merchant by his father, whom, arguably, he outshone.
Arthur William Devis produced many elegant and subtle paintings, and
is widely considered to be the greatest painter of all the Devis family.
He was also a noted adventurer, having experienced both shipwreck
and debtors’ prison, and his work ranged from commercial portraiture
to observations of village life in India.
His most famous work, “The Death of Nelson” , exists
in three versions – one in the Royal Collection, one at the National
Maritime Museum, Greenwich and one on HMS Victory itself, where Nelson
A substantial collection of Devis family paintings can be seen at
the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston.

Nick Park CBE

Nick Park, animator, wallace & Gromit

(Born 1958)
Nick Wulstan Park was born in 1958 in Walner Bridge, near Longton
in the Ribble Valley of Lancashire. He is best known as the Director
and animator of the Aardman Animations Company, and creator of the
popular Wallace and Gromit series of animation films made for television.
He became interested in animation as a child and started making films
in his parents’ attic at the age of 13. He was then a keen amateur
ornithologist, and his love of birds and wildlife has continued with
him into adulthood
He was awarded a BA in Communication Arts at Sheffield Hallam University
in 1980, and subsequently joined the National Film & Television
School in Beaconsfield, where he began work on “A Grand Day Out”
, the very first of his Wallace and Gromit characterisations.
His first animated short to be aired was in 1975, with ‘Archie’s Concrete
He joined Aardman Animations in February 1985, and on completion of
the film, was delighted to be nominated for an Academy Award in 1990,
as well as winning a BAFTA award. In that year also produced ‘Creature
Comforts’, which actually won an Academy Award, as did subsequent
Wallace and Gromit films, ‘The Wrong Trousers’ and ‘A Close Shave’.
Following on from a deal with DreamWorks, Aardmen Animations began
work on the feature film ‘ Chicken Run’ which took over five years
to complete and was released in 2000. More recently he produced ”
The Curse of the Were Rabbit” .
In 1997, Nick was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Nick is a devoted Lancastrian and widely praises its landscape and
natural beauty.

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