Joseph Mallord William Turner
North and South Shields from the East 1818

Artwork details

North and South Shields from the East
From Edinburgh, 1818, Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXVI
Date 1818
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 90 x 112 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXVI 10
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Catalogue entry

As in folio 13 (D13473), this view was taken from the east near Tynemouth. The view is therefore up river with North Shields at the right and South Shields at the left on the continuing page (folio 9 verso; D13466). North Shields is dominated by its three harbour lights: the Low Light at the left and the High Light at the right with the lower decommissioned old beacon in between. The Tyne is busy with shipping from the shipyards of North Shields and those on their route to and from Newcastle.
See folio 13 for more information about Turner’s visit to North and South Shields and references to his other sketches.
There are some marks from water damage across the top half of the page.

Thomas Ardill
August 2009

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