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Over the years Staithes has appealed to all types of people from all walks of life...  one group of people who have been unable to resist the appeal were 'the artists'

this rugged coast has attracted artists since the early 1880s... Staithes has become 'haunted' with artists... the light has that certain 'something' that artists love... the vibrant fishing community that once formed the village of Staithes was an attraction that few artists could resist painting... the dramatic seascapes... the picturesque scenery... and the village clinging to the cliffs... all of these attractions and more have kept artists coming to the village...


George Weatherill  1810 - 1890


The Staithes Group of Artists 1894 - 1909


Lilian Colbourn  1897 - 1967


Eric Taylor 1909 - 1999


Fred Williams 1930 - 1986



Whitby Museum & Art Gallery, in Pannett Park Whitby, houses a large collection of George Weatherill paintings and paintings by the Staithes Group of Artists, entry to the Gallery is free while there is a small entry fee for the museum also situated in the museum is a cafe (with homemade cakes)...