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George Weatherill (1810-1890)

George Weatherill (1810-1890)

One of Yorkshire’s finest watercolourists, George Weatherill spent his entire life in the Whitby area. Though painting only in his spare time until the age of 50, he developed such a reputation as an artist that he became known as the ‘Turner of the North’.

The second son of a Yorkshire farmer, George Weatherill was born in the fishing village of Staithes on 18 September 1810. A delicate, intelligent child, he spent much of his spare time down by the shore sketching in the sand. It was decided that he would be best suited to a clerical career, and he was apprenticed to Garbutt, a solicitor based then in Guisborough and later in Yarm. During this apprenticeship, he became acquainted with George Haydock Dodgson, a local painter, who discovered and developed his artistic talent.

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