Tuesday, 12 June 2012

William Turner's Corrie picture in new exhibition


A picture of Coronation Street painted shortly after the show began back in 1960 has gone on display in Greater Manchester. Artist William Turner said he "speculatively produced" the painting in 1961 hoping "it would quickly sell". However, Coronation Street got no buyer, despite being offered to the programme's producer, who "didn't want it", the artist said.

The painting shows the famous terraced houses and the Rovers Return pub. The 92-year-old artist, who has been forced to give up painting because of the onset of Parkinson's Disease, was a close friend of LS Lowry.

The Coronation Street picture is part of an exhibition, which includes paintings by LS Lowry, at Hale's Clark Art Gallery in Hale, Cheshire. Check it out here.

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3 comments:

StuFew said...

Interesting that the factory looks more like the one built in the 1970s, and there's also the old church tower that can be seen from the current set (behind the viaduct)....

maggie muggins said...

Before I read the background, I thought this was done very recently. Really lovely colours, and it's not surprising that he was a friend of Lowry.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps that's the trick to a show's longevity! Granada big boys didn't think it was really a very good show, and, in the beginning, didn't support it much. I wonder if the then programme's producer's estate/family now wish they had wanted the painting!

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