Marjory Taylor: Chadderton Lass

The latest exhibition in our Community Gallery is a real home-coming for the work of a local artist.  The display charts the life and work of Chadderton born artist and illustrator, Marjory Emma Taylor (1908 – 1989).

Marjory Taylor

Marjory was born in Chadderton and studied at Oldham Municipal Technical School where she showed a real flair for illustration.  A scholarship took her to Regent Street Polytechnic in London and then a career as a professional artist. In the early 1930`s Marjory worked as an artist and illustrator for the publishers Harmsworth Press in London where she was one of just five women in a studio of forty men.  She then moved to publishers DC Thomson in Dundee she worked as an illustrator on daily and weekly newspapers.

This exhibition has been a labour of love for Marjory’s family who have collected together work dispersed across a wide range of locations and family homes.  It includes sketch books, student work and a fascinating range of the illustrations Marjory produced in the 1930s.  Lorne Anton, Marjory’s son, says ‘My mother never had the chance during her lifetime to display her work in her home town. We are delighted that Gallery Oldham has helped us to bring this exhibition together and share Marjory’s work with a wider audience’.

The exhibition Marjory Taylor: Chadderton Lass runs from 14 November to 9 January

"Alicia Looked Round at Rodney" from the American Marquis

“Alicia Looked Round at Rodney” from the American Marquis