Search for ‘lost art’ of mu­seum cu­ra­tor

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

THE grand­daugh­ter of an artist and for­mer cu­ra­tor of West Park Mu­seum is ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion on his paint­ings.

Claire Miller, who lives in Amer­ica, be­lieves she is the only sur­viv­ing grand­child of Sa­muel Moss.

He was the first and only cu­ra­tor of West Park Mu­seum from 1898 un­til his death in 1935.

Sa­muel was also a tal­ented artist, study­ing at Mac­cles­field School of Art and the Royal Col­lege of Art, as well as Paris, Fon- tain­bleau and Ver­sailles.

He later worked as a silk de­signer in Mac­cles­field.

His only known child was Mar­cia Moss, Claire’s mother.

Claire, who now lives in San Fran­cisco, is des­per­ately try­ing to trace a work painted by Sa­muel.

In a hand­writ­ten let­ter sent to the Ex­press she said: “My mother al­ways told me there was a paint­ing that my grand­fa­ther did of a lady sewing and the fish­er­man to her left was thread­ing a nee­dle.

“It was a wa­ter­colour and the lady was wear­ing a richly em­broi­dered scarf. She said I would have it one day.

“I have grand­chil­dren and if some kind soul could lo­cate that paint­ing I should be grate­ful. Even a pho­to­graph of it would help.”

Claire, who is in her 70s, added: “If I had even one paint­ing of my grand­fa­ther’s I would prob­a­bly not feel so sad that I missed the other paint­ing. But the fact that I have un­der­stood it was for me does sad­den me. It would be nice to share it with my grand­chil­dren.”

Claire was ac­tu­ally born Norma Sherratt in Prest­bury in 1943 but moved to Manch­ester dur­ing the war. She has fond mem­o­ries of her child­hood vis­it­ing Mac­cles­field with her Un­cle Ernest ‘Ernie’ Gor­don and cousins Ian and Andy.

She later mar­ried a Miller from New York and took the first name Claire.

In June 1935 the Mac­cles­field Courier re­ported Sa­muel’s sud­den death aged 66.

In the trib­ute piece he was de­scribed as a man of ‘very re­tir­ing na­ture’ but a ‘strik­ing fig­ure’ with long hair and clipped mous­tache, spec­ta­cles fas­tened by a tape and a ‘cu­ri­ous’ tweed trilby ‘which never seemed to leave his head’.

If you can help Claire email re­porter Stu­art. Greer@men­ or write to Mrs Miller at 1297, 18th Street, num­ber 4, San Fran­cisco, Cal­i­for­nia, 94107.

Silk Her­itage Trust

Sa­muel Moss was for­mer cu­ra­tor at West Park Mu­seum


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