Arthur Simpson, Town Hall, 18th-Century Stockton-on-Tees - 1930s ink drawing

An original 1930s pen & ink drawing, Arthur Simpson Town Hall, 18th-Century Stockton-on-Tees.

A lively drawing in pen and ink with watercolour washes, depicting Stockton Town Hall in the 18th century. Originally called the Town House, it was erected in 1735 and was the administrative centre for the town. The clock tower was added in 1744 and the piazza on the north side was piazza added in 1768. The building also housed an inn, and four bow-windowed shops on the ground floor. The artist has used a cream laid paper, laid down on a backing paper, and yellow/brown palette to give the image an almost sepia appearance.

Unsigned. Inscribed lower left as shown.
The odd spot of foxing and some age toning as shown.
24.6cm x 18.8cm.

This drawing is one of a collection of works we have for sale which form a fascinating historic record of old Stockton-on-Tees in the north east of England. Drawn around the 1930s by local artist Arthur Simpson, they depict the town’s streets and landmarks during its flourishing period between the 17th and 19th centuries. The views include Stockton Castle, destroyed by parliamentarians during the Civil War, and the town’s fine Georgian buildings, bustling High Street, Town House and Market Cross. The 18th and 19th centuries saw Stockton grow from a small and quiet market town into a flourishing centre of heavy industry, with prospering shipbuilding, rope-making and brick-making industries. These drawings, which vividly capture a bygone age, evidence the artist’s interest in and affection for his local area.

Arthur Simpson was also a talented watercolourist, and we also have for sale a number of his paintings of rural Thornaby-on-Tees and the surrounding area.

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Product code: JK-207

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