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.

Wesley Stoker Barker Woolhouse (1809–1893), FRAS

Photo credit: North Tyneside Council

How you can use this image

This image can be used for non-commercial research or private study purposes, and other UK exceptions to copyright permitted to users based in the United Kingdom under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, as amended and revised. Any other type of use will need to be cleared with the rights holder(s).

Review the copyright credit lines that are located underneath the image, as these indicate who manages the copyright (©) within the artwork, and the photographic rights within the image.

The collection that owns the artwork may have more information on their own website about permitted uses and image licensing options.

Review our guidance pages which explain how you can reuse images, how to credit an image and how to find 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.

Wesley Stoker Barker Woolhouse was an actuary, mathematician, designer, writer and musical theorist, and Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. Born in North Shields, at the age of 13 he won a national mathematics competition, competing against adults. He was Deputy Secretary of the Nautical Almanac (1830–1837) and in 1844 became the editor of 'The Lady's and Gentleman's Diary', continuing in that role until 1865. In 1948 he was a co-founder of the Institute of Actuaries. His main achievement was in the field of musical theory, and his book 'Essays on Musical Intervals, Harmonics and the Temperament of the Musical Scale' (1835) is still the subject of debate among musicologists today. This is one of two portraits of Woolhouse by James Shotton in the Collection.

Quadrant, North Tyneside Council

North Tyneside




oil on canvas


H 125 x W 100 cm

Accession number


Work type



You can help us tag artworks on Tagger. The tags above come from the public, and also from an image recognition project run by the Visual Geometry Group, University of Oxford.

Quadrant, North Tyneside Council

The Silverlink North, Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside, Tyne and Wear NE27 0BY England

This venue is open to the public. Not all artworks are on display. If you want to see a particular artwork, please contact the venue.
View venue