Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Spirit Caught on Canvas; Treasures Unearthed for New Display

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Spirit Caught on Canvas; Treasures Unearthed for New Display

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Byline: David Whetstone

STUNNING art treasures are coming out of storage to grace a new display dedicated to the region's rich artistic history. Among the items being displayed in the Laing Art Gallery's new Northern Spirit display yesterday was a huge painting of Swan Hunter's yard at Wallsend. Painted in 1954 by Newcastle artist Thomas William Pattison, it shows the building of the tanker La Hacienda.

The wall-sized painting, which is called On The Tyne - Shipbuilding, was bought by the Laing in 1956 but has not been on public view for many years.

Another eye-catching exhibit is a wood carving by Gerrard Robinson, a 19th Century Newcastle blacksmith's son whose talent enabled him to build up a fashionable clientele in London before he moved back to the North East.

The elaborate Northern Spirit woodcarving shows a boar hunt with knights on horseback riding through woodland.

Laing Art Gallery curator Julie Milne said: "It hasn't been on public view but I've been walking past it for years and I thought, I'd really like to show that."

Northern Spirit replaces the old walk-through Art on Tyneside display which told the history of the area in a series of small rooms.

But Julie said the decision was taken two years ago to replace it with a new permanent display focusing more on the quality of North East art.

She said: "You can still see the history of Tyneside in the new display but it celebrates the intrinsic qualities of the art as well. …

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