Dating raphael tuck postcards

This is one of his most important pictures.' different, witness the angles of the ships' masts at the right edge of the images.

So is the painting in the Museum truly the original? The ancient dugout canoe, which is on public display at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens. The canoe was discovered in 1888, along with some human remains it would seem, in the River Wear river bed a little downstream of Toby Gill.

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The past - the docks & warehouses, the shipping, the dingy plants, the coal loading facilities & their railway lines, the shipbuilding yards, the glass works, the rope factories, the dirt, the grime, etc. are all long gone, & only through old photographs & the work of artists such as Thomas Hemy can one envisage what it once looked like. The few Sunderland scenes that the webmaster has so far seen are reminiscent of the sights of the east end of London of the mid-fifties & of the then dirty Thames river & its industrial bleakness. So if you, a visitor to this page, can provide material, it would be most welcome. Proof of the existence of such forests in times of yore is not wanting, in the shape of huge trees found water-logged in the bed of the stream ; and it was doubtless from the trunk of a similar giant of the forest that the canoe itself was made, probably carved out by stone axes, assisted by fire." A black & white postcard image of the 'Corner of China Saloon' of the C. Wilson & Sons, Glass Manufacturers & Merchants, of 86 & 87 High Street, Sunderland. A postcard image of a mass demonstration outside the Sunderland Police Station & Magistrate's Court - believed to be in Feb. At a time of great unemployment & social unrest in the city.

I recall as a young man the dock area of east London & the dingy rows of slum houses stretching into the distance in every direction, every one of them belching smoke from its chimney stack (just maybe burning coal that came from Sunderland! And would help advance, I believe, a page or pages that deserve to be written. The original postcard image, in sepia, was kindly provided to the webmaster by Jim Rice.

The webmaster does not pretend to be an expert on such matters, but suspects that it IS indeed the original. Now Ettrick's Quay was, Andy Dennis advised having consulted an early map, at the mouth of the river. Toby Gill, itself, is just upstream of Hylton, I am advised.

At right is a Raphael Tuck & Sons 'Oilette' postcard view of what also looks to be Ettrick's Quay, Sunderland. Where the looming building is at left in the painting would seem to have been the Custom House, on 'Custom House Quay' in 1897 (and Corporation Quay today). Keith Cockerill indicates that the canoe was given a coating of creosote-type fluid in the early days in order to preserve it.

A sepia etching of the River Wear in Sunderland, 50 cm x 35 cm in size.

K., for providing the fine work that appears on this page.The word is applied, I read, to both the image etched onto the plate & to an impression from the plate. It would seem that his other postcard images, & there are many of them, do not seem to command the same value as does this Sunderland card. Harry Watts, the well-known Sunderland diver and life-saver, when employed by the Commissioners to remove the 'Brixons,' large stones forming the remains of a bridge which spanned the river at Hylton.I was interested to read, but only in the Wikipedia description, that 'the process is believed to have been invented by Daniel Hopfer (circa 1470 - 1536) of Augsburg, Germany, who decorated armour in this way, and applied the method to printmaking.' To me that sounds rather suspect. The canoe lay at the river bottom, covered with alluvial mud and shingle, and contained human bones, which, unfortunately, were not secured.The area shown here was cleared in 1932 for the construction of Corporation Quay.Thomas Hemy lived in Sunderland for some years, before moving to London in about 1885.I would truly be surprised if an armourer skilled in the forge would himself apply that process to the most different discipline of printmaking. The webmaster hopes that in the near future more material can be presented on this page & site of early industrial Sunderland. Its size is about eleven feet long by two feet broad, by one and a half feet deep.

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