Grey Street was described by the architectural critic and writer Sir Nikolaus Pevsner as being the finest curved street in Europe. With its gentle curve of fine Georgian buildings sweeping down to the Quayside, it’s difficult for one to argue against that claim. BBC radio 4 listeners added to its praise describing Grey Street as the best street in Britain. Its jewel in the crown is the Theatre Royal which protrudes out from the classically proportioned columns and windows running either side of the street.
I first noticed this view taken from Emerson Chambers back in 1992 when I was doing a series of scenes of Newcastle taken from elevated vantage points. I managed to spend a morning painting on location sitting at one of the windows which gave me a deeper appreciation of the overall scenario. Together with reference photographs I produced this particular watercolour which was reproduced as a limited edition print. It has proved to be very popular over the years and is one of my best selling prints of Newcastle.