About this picture
An East Coast Fishing Village
Thomas Swift Hutton (1860-after 1935)
This painting is untitled but is possibly of St Monans in East Fife, Scotland. Hutton painted at many of the fishing villages from Yorkshire to East Fife and there are other paintings by him of St Monans.
The shape of the building on the headland shown distantly in this picture is reminiscent of St Monans Auld Kirk. The original church was started by King David II in the 14th century, making it one of the oldest still in use today, and is reputed to be the closest to the shore in the country. The church is unusual in consisting of an unfinished cruciform shape, and has an distinctive stone steeple.
Watercolour heightened with body colour
Image size: 22 cms x 48 cms
Framed size 39 cms x 64 cms
About the artist
Thomas Swift HUTTON
Landscape and coastal painter in watercolour. Born in Edinburgh in 1860.
Details of his early artistic training are not known but by the age of 27 he was exhibiting his work at the Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts. He later moved to Newcastle and began exhibiting at the Berwick Club and later both the Royal Academy and the Scottish Academy. His work is represented in the collections of the Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead and the South Shields Museum and Art Gallery.
Hutton is well known for his accurate and atmospheric portrayals of a wide variety of North East and Scottish locations, predominantly fishing communities on the North Sea coast, and scenes along various river valleys.
Thomas Swift Hutton exhibited four of his paintings at the special Newcastle Exhibition organised by The New English Art Club in 1893. They were:
- Farne Islands from Stag Rocks, Bamburgh
- A Grey Day, Holy Island
- Primrose Hill Point, Bamburgh
- Stag Rocks, Bamburgh