Joe born in Armley, Leeds, in 1908 was a prolific Sporting and Landscape Artist regularly exhibiting from the mid thirties until his untimely death in 1960. His extensive records have enabled us to showcase many of his paintings and sketches and gain an insight into his life.

Primarily self-taught, Joe attended night classes at Leeds College of Art just after the war, passing the Ministry of Education Intermediate Examination in Art and Craft in August 1948 before becoming a tutor at the college in the early 1950s.

The catalyst for posting this site in 2002 was to bring Joe's unpublished book "Riding through the Ridings", written in 1947, about a Coach Journey from Doncaster to Darlington along the Great North Road to the greater public. Now you can "Ride through the Ridings" viewing over fifty beautiful pencil drawings and colour reproductions.

Joe's paintings are far flung. One of his earliest paintings, that of Adel Church, Leeds, known to be in South Africa in the early nineties, was rediscovered in his home county of Yorkshire and only fifteen miles from Adel. Another eight images were "flown in" by an American Collector who used to work in Yorkshire.

All Joe’s sketches are in collection at Leeds Art Gallery and further works are represented in collections at Art Galleries in Doncaster, Bradford, Huddersfield, Harrogate, Wakefield, Newcastle, Lancaster and The Leeds University Brotherton Collection. Four oil paintings from these collections feature in the online home of Art UK.

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Originally posted with over 200 illustrations, this site now boasts almost 500 illustrations. We are particularly indebted to the many contributors from across the World who have provided both photographic and digital images.


If know of the whereabouts of any of Joe's work, please e-mail us at