Joseph Mallord William Turner

North Shields from the South

1818

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 90 × 112 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13474
Turner Bequest CLXVI 13 a

Catalogue entry

Either from a boat in the Tyne, or from South Shields this view of North Shields shows the town with several houses on the quay and the rooftops of the newer part of town on the plateau above. At the left of the town is the High Light, with the town’s other harbour light (the Low Light) shown on folio 14 (D13475) where this sketch continues slightly.
Three thumbnail sketches show details of the town including one of the harbour lights (perhaps the decommissioned old beacon) at the top right and two boxed-off sketches of buildings at the bottom left of the page, drawn with the sketchbook turned to the right.
For more information on Turner’s visit to North and South Shields and his sketches of it, see folio 13 (D13473).
There is a small tear at the centre of the outside edge of the page.

Thomas Ardill
August 2009

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