LUCK, Kenneth William

1872 - 1936

Born at Great Yarmouth district of 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 at the same address and was still there as a 25[sic] year old carpenter & joiner in 1901. His mother died in 1908 and in 1911 he entered himself as a 32 year old draughtsman & carpenter to a shipbuilder when his 40 sister Miriam ran the High Street shop, who was born in Hampshire in 1868 and died in 1957. As an amateur artist and together with Claude Ernest Mowle (1870-1950) [q.v.], a professional photographer, 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. He died at Gorleston in 1936 when his age was given incorrectly as 62.

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