Art UK has updated its cookies policy. By using this website you are agreeing to the use of cookies. To find out more read our updated Use of Cookies policy and our updated Privacy policy.

James Losh (1763–1833)
James Losh (1763–1833)
James Losh (1763–1833)
James Losh (1763–1833)
James Losh (1763–1833)
James Losh (1763–1833)
James Losh (1763–1833)

Photo credit: The Literary & Philosophical Society

How you can use this image


This image is available to be shared and re-used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial licence (CC BY-NC).

This image can be reproduced in any way apart from any commercial uses.

Wherever you reproduce the image or an altered version of it, you must attribute the original creators (acknowledge the original artist(s), the person/organisation that took the photograph of the work) and any other stated rights holders.

Review our guidance pages which explain how you can reuse images, how to credit an image and how to find more images in the public domain or with a Creative Commons licence available.



Add or edit a note on this artwork that only you can see. You can find notes again by going to the ‘Notes’ section of your account.

James Losh, fourth son of a gentleman’s family from Wreay near Carlisle, was a Unitarian barrister and a leading social reformer in Newcastle. He also played a major part at national level in the movement for the abolition of slavery in the colonies. He was distinguished in the last year of his life by becoming the first 'dissident' Recorder of Newcastle upon Tyne. By intellect and temperament a natural sympathiser with the founding spirits of The Literary & Philosophical Society, he was elected its Vice President in 1799 and held the office until his death. Over 31 years Losh recorded daily meteorological observations in his Jesmond garden. Exquisitely hand-written copies of these, bound in seven folio volumes, are held by the Society.

The Literary & Philosophical Society of Newcastle

Newcastle upon Tyne


James Losh (1763–1833)






H 1180 x W 85 x D 92 cm;
Plinth: H 136 x W 116 x D 86 cm

Accession number


Acquisition method

gift from subscribers, 1836

Work type


Signature/marks description

lower left side: J.G.LOUGH / ROME.MDCCCXXXVI


See a tag that’s incorrect or offensive? Challenge it and notify Art UK.

Help improve Art UK. Tag artworks and verify existing tags by joining the Tagger community.

Normally on display at

The Literary & Philosophical Society of Newcastle

23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 1SE England

Not all locations are open to the public. Please contact the gallery or collection for more information
View venue