J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The High Light, North Shields 1818

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 2 Recto:
The High Light, North Shields 1818
Turner Bequest CLXVI 2
Pencil on white wove paper, 90 x 112 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ?‘Timber’ bottom
Stamped in black ‘CLXVI 2’
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Continuing from folio 1 verso (D13450) is a view of North Shields from Fish Quay. From the quay the view looks west towards the harbour with the town shown on the present page. The steps up to the newer part of town which sits on a plateau above the quay can be seen at the right of the sketch, and behind the shacks (or ‘shiels’ from which the town gets its name) is the town’s High Light, one of two harbour lights, the other of which is shown on folio 1 verso. An inscription refers to a stack of ‘timber’ in the foreground.
See folio 13 (D13473) for more information about Turner’s visit to North and South Shields and references to his other sketches.

Thomas Ardill
August 2009

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘The High Light, North Shields 1818 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2009, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-the-high-light-north-shields-r1131996, accessed 20 August 2019.