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Jack Leigh Wardleworth - Late 19th Century Oil, The Draught Players

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Jack Leigh Wardleworth - Original Late 19th Century Oil. Signed. On canvas on stretchers. In fine condition, evidence of recent restoration on reverse as pictured. Areas of restoration invisible from the front.

Jack (John) Leigh Wardleworth was born in Prestwich in Manchester, on the 27th Feb 1863. His mother died when he was twelve years old. His father and grandfather were both dyers working in Manchester factories during the industrial revolution. John’s father appears to have been upwardly mobile. He later became a yarn salesman, and finally in the 1881 census he is listed as a picture framer. Given his humble background is seems unlikely that Wardleworth would have had an expensive classical education which makes the subject matter of his paintings all the more remarkable His father’s later occupation may well have kindled his interest in art. Wardleworth appears to have lived in Manchester all his life. In census transcripts he describes himself as ‘an artist in oils’. He shared a home with his unmarried sister Ada both before and after his marriage in 1898. Ada also describes herself as an artist but there appears to be no legacy of her work remaining.

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51 x 76cm (20.1" x 29.9")

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Code ka175
Artist Jack Leigh Wardleworth
Date Late 19th Century
Dimensions 51 x 76cm
Medium Oil
Style Realism
Subject Genre Scene
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