RICHARDSON, Thomas Miles, Sr. (1784-1848) engraved by Robert HAVELL (1769-1832)
View of the Port and Town of Newcastle Upon Tyne, from the Rope Walk, Gateshead
1819. Aquatint printed in colors, with additional hand-coloring. Originally published by the artist, Newcastle: 1819. A modern impression, printed on hand-made wove paper, with wide margins and in excellent condition. Sheet size: 25 x 33 inches.
Thomas M. Richardson was a Newcastle-based artist who began his career as an engraver of local views. From 1818 he exhibited paintings in several places in London including the Royal Academy. Views of his native city and its environs were a staple of his output. In this view, we can identify several buildings which still stand: the neoclassical Moot Hall with its porticoed entrance, and the Castle Keep behind it. Toward the center of the composition, the neo-Gothic spire of St. Nicholas' church (now cathedral) rises above a terrace of houses.