AN INTERESTING EDWARDIAN PHOTO. OF ST. PAUL’S.
The above print dated 1832 is from a steel engraving by Thomas Allom. It shows St. Paul’s monastery ruins at that time with the church behind. The 18th. C nave had replaced the original Saxon Basilica which had become structurally unsafe. This was in turn replaced by the present nave during the Victorian restoration of 1866, by Sir George Gilbert Scott.
The print was later produced with colour tinting. (see top image)
The Penitent Mary Magdalene.
Painted by Titian in 1565 is done in oil on canvas, measuring 118 x 97 cms. It is on display at the Hermitage, St. Petersburg. The painting depicts Mary in the wilderness where she has gone to escape civilisation and her immoral past.Titian has captured the image of a troubled soul as she stares towards Heaven seeking God’s forgiveness. The prayer book resting on a skull is a contrast between a perverse past and a redeeming future. By her side is the pot containing ointment which she used to anoint the feet of Christ just before the Last Supper.
LOCAL ART DEPICTING THE JARROW SITE. St. Paul’s church and monastic site at Jarrow has been a chosen subject of artists and photographers alike for many years. Illustrated examples included on this page are those of early 18th. century sketches and engravings by such famous artists as Thomas Bewick, to 20th. century artists like L.S.Lowry.
In more recent times the church and monastic site has continued to be a favourite subject mainly for local artists, some of whose works of art are illustrated below. ( please scroll down).
South Tyneside Mayor Coun Cunningham with Daniel Goodman.
Coun Fay Cunningham with the painting of St.Paul’s which was one of several she selected to be exhibited at the South Shields Museum and Art Gallery.
The exhibition was put together by Daniel Goodman during his work placement at the museum as part of his M.A in Art Museum and Gallery Studies: Curatorship at Newcastle University.
The paintings on show were chosen by Coun Cunningham for their own sentimental reasons personal to the Mayor.
Coun Cunningham, who represents the Bede ward in Jarrow is an amateur artist herself and was delighted to choose the paintings for the exhibition. This particular painting done in 1911 by Elizabeth Reed, is of particular importance to her as she has a close association with St. Paul’s church.
Watercolour painting by Elizabeth Reed dated 1911
Photo. produced by kind permission of Norman Dunn. Website address:~ www.oldtyneside.co.uk
The print above dated 1845 is of the Norman tower and was taken from an old church guide book. Notice the wooden chancel door which is now blocked up and the sundial on the right hand buttress of the tower.
Print of drawing by L.S.LOWRY, 1964.
Lowry was a regular visitor to Tyneside and used to stay at the Marriott Hotel in Seaburn. He visited Jarrow quite often on his visits and did this drawing of St. Paul’s in 1964.
Watercolour painting by John Harvey.
The above north-east view of St.Paul’s is a watercolour by local artist John Harvey. John has kindly given permission for its use on this website. More of John’s work can be viewed on his website at www.harveyart.co.uk
Print of drawing by Barry Hall.
The above print of St. Paul’s church and monastic site is by local Jarrow artist Barry Hall, who kindly gave permission to St.Paul’s website for its inclusion.
WATERCOLOUR BY RON THORNTON.
This watercolour painting of St. Paul’s looking in a north-easterly direction is by local artist, Ron Thornton. If you would like to buy a print of the painting this can be done by contacting Ron’s daughter, Wendy Dresner, (telephone 07967 972827) or e- mail ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
OIL PAINTING DATED 1960 BY THE REV. EDWIN ESLING.
The above oil painting is the work of former Rector of St. Paul’s the Rev. Edwin Esling. The image is produced by courtesy of Syd Harrison.
KILN FORMED GLASS DRAWING BY KEVIN PETRIE. ~ 2008
Exhibited by kind permission of the artist.
Watercolour Painting of St.Paul’s monastic site by Frank Unwin.
EAST – VIEW CHURCH DRAWING BY ALAN THURSBY.
The east-view drawing of St.Paul’s is by local artist Alan Thursby ( above top ) who kindly gave the church permission to use the image for the olde worlde winter scene Christmas greeting.
WATERCOLOUR PAINTING BY HARRY CONSTANTINE.
The above watercolour painting dated 1986, is by the late Harry Constantine, an artist employed by Judges Cards of Hastings. St. Paul’s is grateful to Judges Cards Ltd., for allowing the use of the image on the church webside. www.judges.co.uk.
OIL PAINTING BY JOSEPH Mc.INTYRE
This painting at high tide makes the monastery seem almost surrounded by water. In the Slake recess in the distance to the left of the painting can be seen the four main chimneys of Jarrow Alkali Works.
The painting which is oil on canvas is by the Victorian Scottish artist Joseph Mc.Intyre, and dated at 1850.
Photograph produced by the kind permission of Vince Rea.
CHANCEL DRAWING DATED 1891
The above drawing of St.Paul’s chancel is dated at 1891, but is unsigned. The attention to detail can be appreciated when it is compared to the early 20th. century photograph taken from a similar location.
Both images are produced by kind permission of Archivist, Norman Dunn.
THE ANGELS EXHIBITION ~ took place inside St.Paul’s church from 18th. May until 28th. September 2008. It featured the work of artist Celia Kilner from Holmfirth in North Yorkshire. The exhibition contained fifty angel scenes from around the world. Pictured below are e few of the exhibits.