G.E.Miller

G.E.Miller Lancashire artist and painter 
Pleckgate Fold Roe Lee Blackburn Oil on Board George E Miller
BBC Uncovering the nations art collections held
Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery
Roe Lee Mill Whalley New Road Oil on board George E Miller


G.E. MILLER (twentieth century) OIL PAINTING ON BOARD 'Pleckgate Fold, Blackburn'
signed and dated (19) 72 lower left inscribed on Blackburn Artists' Society exhibition label verso 24" x 30" (61cm x 76cm) EST 100-150 Estimate: 100-150
auctioned Dunns Manchester 2010

Time to Chat on the Hodder
pen and ink
George E Miller
self portrait I arrive at the bridge on the Brindle canal
pen and ink on paper
G.E.Miller

So I had to put my waterproofs on underneath

fishing 1961

Gone fishing Andy Dad and Rob

Fishing journal 1961


When I was moving studios last month, I pulled out a box full of my Dads little gems; his drawings and stories/books/diaries written in 1960's and 70's. I thought it worthwhile to put his work, his paintings and drawings onto the digital world stage via my blog. I have also made a small biography of his life which may be of interest. 

G.E.Miller, son of a carter George Miller who was related to the Greenshaws of Clivager.. G.E.Miller of Brunshaw Lane Burnley was artistically a naturally, gifted man. At a young age he was keen on a career as an illustrator and artist. The 30's depression stopped any hope of his continued schooling and despite being awarded an art scholarship he was forced to find employment in a few different jobs before he enlisted as a Private for 7 years into the East Lancashire Regiment. The army was an escape for him, as a literate man, travelling the world instead of existing in the overcrowded small stone terrace near Brunshaw Rd Burnley along with his five sisters as well as his mum and Dad. was he said the best adventure. The East Lancashires Regiment with their Sphinx cap badge at the time was heavily involved in the far East and the subcontinent of India.George wanted to explore the world, Instead after a few years of training as an infantry man in the UK,  war was declared with Germany and the armies schedules redrawn. For many years after  it was one of Georges grumbles that instead of sunbathing in Tripoli he ended up freezing cold in the Ardennes. After training he found himself on the second wave of the invasion. He fought across France, Holland and Germany and completed his service as a Sergeant in a recognisance Bren Carrier Platoon. Throughout the war he continued to sketch and draw what he saw around him.  Before the Ardennes he was billeted at Bijsterveld 9 Hemond where he met Adje Wolff, at the end of the war he married her in Bijsterveld and they moved to Blackburn where he took up employment as an illustrator and enlisted on a design course. Sadly the infant death of their first son Paul and the birth of Nicklaus and Cornelia meant that the continued issues with heating lighting and making a living in the 50's ensured he had to find a steady job and he applied and was appointed to a position of foreman at Mullards the Dutch firm Phillips. Years later for George and Adje their love of the arts was able to resurface both of them spent time developing and enjoying the arts in Blackburn on the towns arts committee and with the Blackburn Artists Society as exhibition secretary. After his death George was given the honour of a solo retrospective exhibition in the then well respected Lewis Art Gallery.

These illustrated short stories begin some years after. They are records of his explorations of Lancashire in the 1960's, though he would have rather spent time in India he penned them in a wonderful long hand,  sat in the living room next to the coal fire in Tintern Crescent in the winter, with my Mum,  both of them listening to the wireless. The handwritten stories are of fishing trips down to Brindle, the Hodder and Ribble when he joined the works fishing club at Philips. The cycling one was written some time later after his heart attack when he bought his new Gents Raleigh tourer from King Street in Blackburn and had time on his hands to record his exploits. He worked wonders with pen and paper...He went on to become the Exhibition Secretary of Blackburn Artists for about a decade and was a regular attendee alongside the likes of Albert Hurst showing his work successfully in the Lancashire Galleries and shows such as the Manchester Academy Summer Open, the Haworth Harris and others. His last show a retrospective shortly after his death was held at the Lewis Gallery in Blackburn.


Private. East Lancashire Regiment
G.E.Miller 1939



Pleckgate Fold Blackburn
oil on board


Adje  Miller 1940

Pencil drawing by myself  of My mum and Dad Nick, Andy and me
at home in Roelee Blackburn 1969



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