Dramatic scenes and figures through the eyes of the artist.
Images of North Shields’ commercial fishing industry before the early Victorian period are quite rare. It was probably not until Herman Melville’s ‘Moby Dick’ together with Hemingway’s ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ and Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Captains Courageous’ that a more realistic documentary style of portrayal of the industry began to appear.
However, this summer’s fine art exhibition illustrates how the town’s fishing industry, the river and North Shields’ ‘Low Town area’ inspired a variety of artists from the 19th century to modern day, whose works rival those of their Cullercoats’ neighbours.
Paintings by Victor Noble Rainbird, John Wilson Carmichael, Thomas Swift Hutton,George Horton, John Falconer Slater, Robert Jobling and Tom Manson will be on display, however there are still a number of artists’ works we are still trying to locate.
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George Balmer; James Shotton; Ralph Walter Liddell; James Davison Liddle; George Edward Horton and Isabella Errington.