Rainbird Primary is named after local artist Victor Noble Rainbird
(12 December 1887 – 8 March 1936)
Victor Rainbird was a landscape, street scene and figure painter in oil and watercolour, but also a muralist and stained glass window designer.
Birth, School and Early career
Victor Rainbird was born in North Shields and educated at Christ Church, North shields. He then went on to study at Armstrong College (now named Newcastle University) where he studied as an artist for 4 years. During this time he was awarded a silver medal for the highest placed student in all art subjects. While attending college he also began to exhibit on Tyneside.
World War One
When the Great War broke out in 1914, he placed himself in the hands of his College Officer’s Training Corps, but ended up joining the Northumberland Fusiliers as a private soldier.
When he returned to north Shields he set up as a professional artist and exhibited works at the Artists of the Northern Counties exhibitions at the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne and at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.
A Paupers Grave
Rainbird moved to Sunderland to live with friends in the town around 1934 – 1935 and died at the early age of 47, on 8 March 1936 following a brief illness. Victor Noble Rainbird was brought home to North Shields and laid to rest in a pauper’s grave in Preston Cemetery.