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Norman Stansfield Cornish is born to Jack and Florence Cornish on 18 November at Oxford Street, Spennymoor, County Durham, the oldest of seven children, (five brothers, Tom, Jack, Jim, Bill and Bob and one sister, Ella)
Contracts diphtheria and remembers foraging for cinders as a child
Passes the Eleven Plus and attends The Alderman Wraith Grammar School
His first oil painting, a portrait of his sister, Ella, is exhibited at the ‘Works of the Artists of the Northern Counties’ annual exhibition at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Exhibits eight paintings in the 17th Annual Spennymoor Settlement Sketching Club exhibition at Annfield Plain Library.
Second exhibition at the Stone Gallery is opened by Sir James Bowman, Chairman of the National Coal Board, Sid Chaplin reviews the exhibition in the Guardian newspaper. Two paintings are purchased for the Laing Art Gallery’s Collection. Meets Jack Lawson at The Stone Gallery. Mathias Spencer & Sons commission The Pit Road.