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Title: Men of mark ‘twixt Tyne and Tweed
Year: 1895 (1890s)
Authors: Welford, Richard, 1836-1919
Publisher: London, W. Scott
Contributing Library: Robarts – University of Toronto
Digitizing Sponsor: University of Toronto
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w style. He made the portrait of his shipas correct as even the most exigent captain could require, but hemade it a picture as well. Many of his earlier marine paintings areworks of this nature. They are almost invariably marked by greatbeauty of effect, and by a clear luminosity of colour, which afterwardsbecame one of the most distinct characteristics of the artists genius. JOHN WILSON CARMICHAEL. 465 Carmichael owed his first really effective start in life to one of thebrothers Farrington. This gentleman, Joseph Farrington, presentedhim with the first box of water-colours he ever possessed, andprocured for him commissions from the Trinity House and theCorporation of Newcastle, which in a small way were then distin-guished for their patronage of local art. In 1823, we find him settledin a studio in the New Road, overlooking the scene of his apprentice-ship. A year earlier, T. M. Richardson had established the North-umberland Institution for the Promotion of the Fine Arts. The ^-^-Os
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J-lZ/.tarmwhacl. exhibitions were held at Richardsons own house in BrunswickPlace, and, in spite of evil fortune, they were persevered with for aseries of years. Carmichael was a regular contributor. His interestin the exhibition was, indeed, scarcely less warm than that ofRichardson himself A large number of his catalogues are still inexistence, and their margins contain slight pencil drawings of theprincipal marine pictures, the shorthand notes of an artist who wasstudying closely the manner and the excellencies of the masters whowere most appreciably influencing his style. Iri 1824, about a year after establishing himself in his studio,VOL. I. • 30 466 JOHN WILSON CARMICHAEL. Carmichael was married to Mary Sweet, a gentle-mannered, prettywoman, the daughter of parents belonging to his own grade of life.The story is told, that as the wedding party was leaving the church,some friend of the artist arrived breathless with a piece of charredtimber, a remnant of the studio which had th
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