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Precious pieces of art have left their home at the Port of Tyne's headquarters to be cleaned and restored to their former glory.


The five paintings will be restored by Tyne & Wear Archives and Museum's painting conservation team while their permanent home is undergoing renovations.

Acquired by the Port of Tyne's predecessors, the Tyne Improvement Commission, the paintings from the Victorian era all display Tyneside maritime scenes and date from 1847.

Andrew Moffat, Port of Tyne Chief Executive Officer, said: "Visitors always admire the small collection displayed in the Port's meeting rooms which reveal a glimpse into the past and the history of the river.

"They are intrinsically part of our heritage and we want to ensure that they will remain in good condition for many years to come."

The largest and most valuable is an oil painting by John Wilson Carmichael. A native of Newcastle, Carmichael became renowned for his seascapes. The ‘Mouth of the Tyne' painting captures the famous Tyne whaler ‘Lady Jane' in 1847 sailing into North Shields before the piers were constructed. During the restoration the 167-year-old painting will be stabilised and cleaned to remove staining, surface dirt and dust.

Equally impressive is an oil on canvas by Peter Cornelis Dommersen, a Dutch painter of sea, land and river-scapes. The painting is a view of Tynemouth Pier under construction in 1882.

Ana Flynn Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums Painting Conservator, said: "It's a great collection and we are really delighted to be able to preserve the paintings.

"They are in reasonably good condition, with the exception of the Dommersen, which needs perhaps the most restoration to prevent further paint flaking off. We estimate that it will require upwards of two weeks of restoration."

Another in the collection is a painting from 1882 by Robert Watson that depicts the Tyne at Elswick showing the King's Meadows where the Blaydon Races were held before the island was removed by dredging.  Completing the set are paintings by North East artists Frank Henry Mason and Bernard Benedict Hemy.


For further information please contact:

Lisa Donohoe, Public Relations Manager

Tel: +44 (0) 191 455 2671 Mobile: +44 (0)79123 90777

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