Monday, September 15, 2014

George Weatherill - Turner of the North

George Weatherill's Whitby and above Whitby Abbey

On Saturday we went to Pannett Gallery/museum to look at the two galleries which are free.  George Weatherill is called the 'Turner of the North' and you can see why, he at one time worked or was taught by Turner and you can see it in his misty watercolours of Whitby.  The busyness of the town is caught in the above painting, beautiful sailing ships moored by the bustling quayside and the Abbey above and it is little changed today.  His children painted as well, a streak of genius that must have run in the family, Mary Weatherill, his daughter went on to fame as well.
It is said of George, that he only painted within 20 miles of Whitby and wandering round the gallery you can see his love of the sea.

Mary Weatherill travelled more widely than her father but there is still that unmistakable air of Turner about her works as in this painting of The Grand Canal, Venice

The Grand Canal, Venice - Mary Weatherill

The Wreck - Mary Weatherill

1 comment:

  1. I'd not heard of either Mary Weatherill or her father George Weatherill was the Turner of the North. I love his painting of Whitby - so atmospheric.