Joseph Mallord William Turner

Baldersby Park near Topcliffe, and a Detail of Hornby Castle


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 97 x 154 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXLIV 68 a

Catalogue entry

This is a view of Baldersby Park, also called Newby Park and named as such in Turner’s inscription, from the River Swale. Baldersby Park was designed in 1721 by Colen Campbell for Sir William Robinson and is said to be the earliest Palladian villa in England. It survives today as the home of Queen Mary’s School for Girls. For further views see folios 69 verso and 70 in this sketchbook (D10994, D10995).
There is also a detail of a gateway or doorway to the left, inscribed ‘Leeds’, alluding to the Dukes of Leeds, and thus to their seat, Hornby Castle, the subject of several previous sketches including the verso (D10991).

David Hill
January 2009

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