Joseph Mallord William TurnerAuckland Castle, Bishop Auckland 1817

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Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland
From Durham, North Shore, Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLVII
Date 1817
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 116 x 185 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLVII 25
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 25 Recto:
Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland 1817
Turner Bequest CLVII 25
Pencil on white wove paper, 116 x 185 mm
Part watermark ‘atman | 14’
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘25’ bottom right (now very faint)
Stamped in black ‘CLVII – 25’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The east end of Auckland Castle’s St Peter’s Chapel is seen from the north-north-east across the valley of the River Gaunless, now heavily wooded, towards Weardale on the right. This is one in a sequence of views between folios 21 verso and 27 recto (D12345–D12354), following the course of the Gaunless from south to north anti-clockwise around the castle towards the River Wear. For the history of the castle, see the entry for folio 22 recto (D12346).
Although Finberg numbers and brackets this drawing as a continuous composition with folio 24 verso opposite (D12350), that page is entirely blank.

Matthew Imms
February 2010

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