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Shelagh Delaney

Harold Riley

This is a pen and pastel drawing of the dramatist and screenwriter Shelagh Delaney by artist Harold Riley.

Shelagh Delaney wrote the play ‘A Taste of Honey’ set in her home town of Salford when she was 16. The play centred on a group of dysfunctional characters who were completely alien to the middle class theatre going public. It became one of the defining plays of the 1950s working class and feminist cultural movements and was also made into a film.

Artist Harold Riley was student and friend of L S Lowry and together they painted many scenes of the Salford area. He is also known for his paintings of prominent people and sporting scenes.