About this picture
North Shields from the Black Middens
Thomas Swift Hutton (1860-after 1935)
A very atmospheric watercolour painting of the Tyne by Thomas Swift Hutton (b. 1860). Looking towards the North Shields quayside from the notorious Black Midden rocks in the Tyne. Showing the Low and High Lights that were erected at North Shields to provide guidance to vessels making the difficult and often dangerous entry into the Tyne.
Image size: 30 cm x 48 cm
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