Paperback 6" x 9" 181  pages  ISBN 978-0-244-04410-7  Published 2017

Keith Howden was born near Burnley in 1932. He is married, with three children. After National Service and work as a laboratory assistant, he taught English and modern European fiction with a major interest in 'the text as event' at Nottingham Trent University. Among his many poetry pamphlets are Joe Anderson, Daft Jack's Ideal Republics, Pauper Grave, Hanging Alice Nutter and Barlow Agonistes. He has published three full-length collections, Marches of Familiar Landscape (Peterloo 1978), Onkonkay (Peterloo (1984) and Jolly Roger (Smokestack 2012). Recently, with his son, the composer Matthew Howden, he has completed two poetry music collaborations, with accompanying discs: The Matter of Britain (PRE Rome 2009) and Barley Top (Redroom 2013). 

Harry Matthews 1932 - 1968

from the Directory of Modern Artists 

     It has proved difficult to separate the usually melodramatically rendered life from a creative achievement that, despite a further number of successfully achieved canvases, depends essentially on the series, Landscapes with Handless Man, a linked sequence of large canvases (all approximately six feet by six feet) created in the last years of life before (as he perhaps unbelievably claimed) the events they illustrate and his later incarceration, after a charge of murder  in a Mental Institution. After the first Exhibition of the Landscapes, Matthews achieved a short-lived cult status which to some smaller extent has continued to the present.

(An anatomy of a murder)


Landscape with Sam Hargreaves eating a pie

Landscape with Stalf

Landscape with Drowning

Landscape with Cenotaph

Landscape with First Gun giving

Landscape with Arthur

Landscape with His Question

Landscape with Her Answer

Landscape with Handless Man

Landscape with Second Gun giving

She tells her love’s landscapes

He tells his love’s landscapes

Landscape with Enigma

Landscape with Denison Dead

Landscape with Drift Mine

Landscape with Goad

Landscape with Ghost

Landscape with Singer and Friday’s Comedian

Landscape with Appropriate figures

Landscape with Singer

Landscape with dying Singer

Last Landscapes

Landscape with Friday’s Comedian

Landscape with Joke