The Royal Visit to the Tyne

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The Royal visit shown in this painting was that made by the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1884. They visited Tynemouth on 21st August, and also went to Cragside during the same visit to the North East.

On the right-hand side can be seen the High Light and Low Light (built in 1810), both still extant, which were navigation aids for shipping entering the River Tyne.

Born in North Shields, John Davidson Liddell took up painting early in life and was a professional artist who exhibited throughout his career in the North East. Shipping on the River Tyne was one of his favourite subjects, and he frequently painted coastal and inland marine scenes. He travelled regularly to continental Europe, and exhibited in Spain.

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The Royal Visit to the Tyne




oil on canvas


H 82.5 x W 136 cm

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presented by Stanley Shaw of Whitburn, 1957

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