John Atkinson (Newcastle upon Tyne 1863 - Gateshead 1924)
Whitley Sands in Summer
Watercolour and gouache 11,7 * 18,5 inch (29*47 cm)
Signed and dated '07 l.r.
Inscribed Whitley Sands l.l.
Framed with glass 19* 25,7 inch (48,3*65,3 cm)
Atkinson is an animal (especially horses) and landscape painter in oil, tempera, and watercolor. John Atkinson was born in Newcastle, attended the School of Art, and studied briefly with Wilson Hepple. In 1900 he decided to become a full-time professional artist after frequent exhibitions at the Berwick Club in Newcastle. He moved to North Yorkshire, Sleights, and later Glaisdale, where he lived until just before the First World War. He returned to Newcastle in 1914, where he founded his studio. He is buried at the Saltwell Cemetery. Atkinson exhibited his work often during his career, including at the Royal Academy, Royal Scottish Academy, the Institute of Painters in Watercolor, and in many other galleries. This is a particularly beautiful scene on Whitley Bay beach. On a public holiday known as a Scottish weekend, the beach was regularly packed. The Northeastern beach scene is reminiscent of summer days, ice cream cones, donkey rides, and beach huts, and remains one of Atkinson's most collected works.