This engraving is taken from an oil painting by Henry Perlee Parker, painted around 1817. The characters were captured in Hell's Kitchen at the Flying Horse in Newcastle's Groat Market. Unfortunately the oil painting is now lost, but this engraving by George Armstrong (published by E. Charnley, a bookseller in the Bigg Market) entitled the 'Eccentric Characters of Newcastle upon Tyne' was issued in 1820.
An index provided with the engraving reveals the identities of these eccentric characters, many of whom were a favourite subject of local song-writes. - 1. Aud Judy -- 2. Jenny Ballo. -- 3. Whin Bob. -- 4. Jacky Coxon. -- 5. Pussy Willy. -- 6. Cull Billy. -- 7. Donald. -- 8. Bugle-Nosed Jack. -- 9. Hangy. 10. Bold Archy. -- 11. Blind Wille. -- 12. Shoe-tie Anty. -- 13. Captain Starkey. -- 14. Doodem Daddum (Dog - Timour).
The portrait forms part of a collection held by Newcastle City Library. The collection comprises much of the original material collected by Thomas Allan for the publication of 'Allan's Tyneside songs'. From original Ned Corvan manuscripts to photographs of Joe Wilson, and correspondence from local figures such as Joseph Cowen, the collection provides a genuinely fascinating glimpse of some of the region's best known composers. The material dates from 1860 to 1890, spanning the dates of the various publications of the book in 1862, 1863, 1864, 1872, 1873 and 1891.