John Tobias Young

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La Coupée, Sark in pencil and wash
St Brelade's Bay
La Collette, 1815 by John Tobias Young. A strange composition, because the two inns on the right (which have long since disappeared) appear totally at odds with the artist's usual style, as exemplified by the remainder of the painting
La Rocque

There were probably two artists called John Young alive in England in the second half of the 18th and early 19th centuries, and it is suggested that they may have been father and son, and either or both of them may also have gone by the name Tobias. This was ruled out by the birth and death dates previously given for them, but one set is now known to have been a century out. One was born in Southampton in 1786 and died in Guernsey in 1828, and the second died in Southampton at the age of 69 in 1824, which would give him a birth date of 1755. So it is entirely possible that they were father and son.

Whichever John Tobias Young moved to Jersey it is believed to have been in about 1811. He produced a number of excellent landscapes. He tackled the much-recorded subject of Jersey's coastline from a different perspective to many of his contemporaries by painting from some distance inland, looking out over the shore.

His painting of Gorey is not dated, but was believed to have been completed in 1815, when the old wooden jetty had long since disappeared and the replacement granite structure had not yet been started. The two other paintings of Jersey on this page were also undertaken in 1815.

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