Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bishop Auckland: Auckland Castle and the Wear Valley


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 232 × 328 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLVI 25 a

Catalogue entry

The pinnacles of Auckland Castle’s St Peter’s Chapel are seen to the south-west, with deer in the castle’s park in the foreground. The sketch continues on folio 27 recto opposite (D12305; CLVI 26) with the view up the River Wear. There is a single-page sketch from a similar viewpoint on folio 27 verso (D12306; CLVI 26a). As now bound and foliated, these Bishop Auckland views fall among the sketches of Raby Castle and its surroundings which fill the rest of the second half of the sketchbook, from folio 17 recto (D12298; CLVI 22a) to folio 32 recto (D12309; CLVI 28).
There is also a two-page view from a little further south on folios 15 verso–16 recto (D12294, D12307; CLVI 20–27), the entries for which include details of further views of the site in Turner’s contemporary Durham, North Shore sketchbook.
Technical notes:
The page is rather rubbed towards the left, as is the corresponding outer section of the other half of the view.

Matthew Imms
February 2010

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