THOMAS M. M. HEMY (1852-1937) - PAGE 33
1 RIVER WEAR LOOKING EAST FROM THE BRIDGE (1882) or
THE NORTH AND SOUTH QUAYSIDES FROM THE WEAR BRIDGE (1882)
2 THE BOATBUILDER'S WORKSHOP (YEAR?) 3 THE FISHERMAN'S WORKSHOP (1874) 4 HOLMES' WHARF, SUNDERLAND (1882) 5 VIEW OF NEWCASTLE FROM GATESHEAD (1881) 6 RIVER WEAR, SOUTH BANK LOOKING WEST FROM LOW QUAY (YEAR?)
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This page seemed earlier to have evolved into the 'Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens' in Sunderland and the 'Laing Art Gallery' in Newcastle page. For reasons which are surely obvious! But with the additional of item #3, that may no longer be so perfect.
I trust that the use of such thumbnail images as appear in this page from the two museum/gallery sources is acceptable for this non-profit & informational site. If not, I will remove their images - but with regret.
The next image was surely an early work of the artist. I read somewhere that it was painted in 1882. I found it on a ClubPhoto site, where it appeared courtesy of JonJos. But it has long since vanished!
The original painting, a watercolour, would seem to be in the collection of the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens on Burdon Road in Sunderland and can be seen here. The image at the link is superb & much better than the one that appears below). Some descriptive words as follows:
'River Wear Looking East From The Bridge' - Watercolour and scratching out on paper - width: 104.8 cm, height: 72.0 'The conical kiln chimneys of the Sunderland Glass Company's Panns Bottle Works are on the right of this view of the River Wear. Alongside the kilns are bunkers of sand (used for glass manufacture). Behind the Bottle Works, where the bank juts into the river, ships are visible in Austin's Wear Dock Yard. The tall posts on the other side of the river are mooring pilings for tying up timber rafts and ships. Wilson's Sawmills is on the bank behind the pilings. A paddle tug is towing a timber raft on the river'.
I have also seen the watercolour referred to, in a publication of 'Tyne and Wear County Council Museums', with the alternate title as recorded above. And there dated 1882.
The original watercolour painting can be seen here. The image I show here does not come from that page, but do view it at that link where you can zoom in on the painting. The descriptive words that 'Imagine' uses to describe the work are as follows:
'The Boatbuilder's Workshop' - Watercolour, pencil and watercolour on paper width: 41.4 cm, height: 29.7 cm This scene shows a ship's carpenter's workshop, possibly at North Shields, where Thomas Hemy lived for some years. He had first worked as a sailor, so would have been familiar with ship workshops. Many artists became interested in showing working people in their ordinary surroundings in the later part of the 19th century. Hemy used thick opaque watercolour to create a strong image in this picture. Hemy studied at the Newcastle School of Art. He was the brother of the better-known artist Charles Napier Hemy.
I suspect that the work is not really 'titled' and the title is more a description of the work rather than its actual title which may not exist or be known. Why do I suggest that? I have had an image in my files for a number of years of a work entitled 'The Carpenter's Shop' - and it is surely the very same work. In fact, since the image in my files is a bit bigger than the image on the 'Imagine' site, I show my file image below.
I think the source of my 'file' image is now clear - after some searching on the WWW. In this site it is called 'The Carpenter's Shop'. A gift to the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle in 1941.
I include this work here because of its similarity to the work immediately above. And I place the modest image that is available first, so you can see them both at a single glance by scrolling upwards a little.
I invite you to visit this page on the www.findartinfo.com web site. All I can tell you is what I have read on that page, i.e. that this work is an oil on canvas of 23.2 x 29.3 inches (59 x 74.5 cm) in size, signed by the artist & dated 1874.
The work was, it would seem, sold for GBP 450 or approximately U.S. $827, on Jan. 10, 2006 by Bonhams - at their Knightsbridge, London, U.K. location. The image cannot be seen at www.findartinfo.com except with a fee.
The original watercolour painting is in the collection of the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens in Sunderland and can be seen here. The large thumbnail image I show here comes from that page, but do view it at that link where you can zoom in on the painting. The descriptive words that 'Imagine' uses to describe the work are as follows:
'Holmes' Wharf, Sunderland' - Watercolour on paper width: 26.4 cm, height: 39.4 cm This view shows street life near Holmes Wharf (up-river from Mark Quay) in Sunderland. A poorly dressed girl holding a child stands beside an old woman who is selling food from a basket. A line of washing on a pole projects over the lane from the dilapidated building behind them. In the sunnier street in the background, a pair of boots for sale hangs outside a shop. Thomas Hemy was born in the North East, and spent some years in Sunderland before moving to London.
I should point out that Thomas Hemy was not born in the North East, as the above words indicate. He was born on board a ship en route to Australia.
The original watercolour painting is in the collection of the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle & can be seen here. The large thumbnail image I show here comes from that page, but do view it at that link where you can zoom in on the painting. The descriptive words that 'Imagine' uses to describe the work are as follows:
'View of Newcastle from Gateshead' - Watercolour on paper width: 50.5 cm, height: 66.4 cm A paddle tug and rowing skiff are shown on the River Tyne in this view of 1881. Rowing was a popular sport on Tyneside at this time. The tops of steam and sailing ships can be seen over the top of the staiths beneath the Swing Bridge. This bridge was built on the site of the old stone Tyne Bridge. It opened in 1869, and still swings to allow tall ships through. Thomas Hemy studied at the Government School of Design at Newcastle.
In Nov. 2007, a 24 x 32 cm. print of the work was listed on e-Bay. Here. Sold, it would appear, by the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle.
The original watercolour painting is in the collection of the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens in Sunderland & can be seen here. The large thumbnail image I show here comes from that page, but do view it at that link where you can zoom in on the painting. The descriptive words that 'Imagine' uses to describe the work follow in the inset text:
But please note that I believe the view is of the south bank looking west, and NOT the north bank looking west. I also think its location was not looking west from the Customs House, but rather was looking west from what was called Low Quay. At that location there was what is termed on the 1897 Ordnance Survey map a 'Gridiron', which is, I suspect what we can see at foreground left in the image. And the road that leads uphill at left is 'Long Bank'. Am I wrong? Do advise me if you know the answer.
'River Wear, North Bank Looking West from Customs House' - Watercolour on paper width: 120.2 cm, height: 74.7 cm On the left of this view of the River Wear, a Sunderland-registered keelboat is up on a grid-iron to allow work to be done on the hull at low tide. Keelboats went further offshore to fish than the small cobles. A coble is beside the keelboat in the river behind. On the quay is an unloading crane, with its heavy stone counterweight. A River Wear keel (barge) loaded with planks of wood is being poled along the river on the right.
If YOU could add any data respecting the works on this page, perhaps being able to provide larger & more detailed images, or being able to provide any data about the artist, do please, be in touch. Your help would be appreciated.
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