Art returning to the region

The Old Watch House, Cullercoats.
The Old Watch House, Cullercoats.

A painting of one of North Tyneside’s most famous landmarks by one of the area’s leading artists has returned to the region after being re-discovered in Leicestershire.

Old Watch House, Cullercoats, was painted by Victor Noble Rainbird, who was born in North Shields in 1887 and was a leading member of the Cullercoats Artists’ Colony.

The watercolour painting of the Watch House was spotted for sale at auction in Leicestershire by North Shields resident, David Hirst, who has now brought the picture back to the north east.

David is now preparing to show the painting in a one-day art exhibition at The Linskill Centre in North Shields on Saturday, March 22, which is being held jointly by Tynemouth Fine Art and Collier Framing.

A blue plaque on 71 West Percy Street in the town, marks the period the artist lived there (1917–1933).