This is an oil painting portrait of Mark Addy by Annie Lord.
Mark Addy contracted consumption whilst rescuing a boy from the Irwell and later died. On his death donations poured in to erect a monument to him at his grave in Weaste Cemetery, Salford. The excess donations were used to fund this portrait of Addy wearing his medals which was donated to the Museum.
Mark Addy was known as ‘The Salford Hero’ for rescuing over 50 people from the river Irwell. He saved his first life when he was 13 before he was even able to swim. He later became a champion swimmer and oarsman. His bravery led to many awards including the Albert Medal First Class which was presented by Queen Victoria.
Public donations also funded a silver cup that was presented as a swimming trophy to Salford boys at Regent Road Baths. This trophy and Mark Addy’s medals are also in the Museum collection.