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A superb historic book featuring seven watercolour paintings. They are of Tynemouth, North Shields and Whitley Bay. Scenes by leading artists Robert Jobling, Henry Hetherington Emmerson, Charles James Spence, John Chambers and Aaron Watson.
This book was gifted to Joseph Spence after losing a political election.The beautiful hand-tooled leather album with its red silk interior and stunning paintings is a wonderful item and of historic importance.
Joseph Spence, from a Quaker family, ran a tailoring and drapery business in North Shields with his brother and was a JP, a councillor, and a member of the River Tyne Commission and the Tynemouth School Board.
He was persuaded to stand against Thomas Eustace Smith, the wealthy son of the founder of Smith’s Dock shipyard in North Shields, with splits among the Liberals marking the election and Joseph Cowan using his Newcastle Chronicle newspaper to attack Spence.