'A mound of even-sloping side wherein a hundred stately beeches grew'

Image credit: North Tyneside Council

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The title of this painting is taken from the ninth book of Tennyson's 'Idylls of the King', the tale of Pelleas and Ettarre. Born in North Shields, James Shotton displayed a talent for drawing from an early age and attended the Royal Academy Schools, where he became a close friend of William Holman Hunt. On the death of his father he returned to North Shields, and designed for the town what is believed to be the first Turkish Bath in England; he designed a second one in North Shields, and one in Newcastle. He resumed his artistic studies, and gained a reputation particularly as a portrait painter. He rarely exhibited his work, but one of his portraits of the noted North Shields mathematician and musicologist Wesley Stoker Barker Woolhouse (part of the Collection) was accepted by the Royal Academy in 1863.

Quadrant, North Tyneside Council

North Tyneside


'A mound of even-sloping side wherein a hundred stately beeches grew'


oil on canvas


H 59 x W 44 cm

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bequeathed by the artist

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