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George Formby: Speed Ace

© the artist. Photo credit: Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

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This painting depicts popular entertainer George Formby (1904–1961) on a motorbike flying over Warrington landmark Greenall's Wilderspool Brewery with his dog, Willie Waterbucket. He is scattering 'Warrington Guardians' as he goes.

George Formby spent some of his early life in Stockton Heath, near Warrington and is buried in Warrington Cemetary in the family grave.

Warrington Museum & Art Gallery


  • Date


  • Medium

    acrylic on wood

  • Measurements

    20 x 25 cm

  • Accession number

    WAGMG : 1990.26

  • Acquisition method

    purchased, 1990

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Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

Museum Street Cultural Quarter, Warrington, Cheshire WA1 1JB England

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