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 26

Catalogue entry

The Wear Valley is seen from the north-east, looking upstream towards Newton Cap Bridge, since partly obscured by Newton Cap Viaduct on the near side. Towards the lower left are deer in Auckland Castle’s park. The view continues towards the castle itself on folio 26 verso opposite (D12304; CLVI 25a). There is a single-page sketch from a similar viewpoint on the verso of the present leaf (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 right, as is the corresponding outer section of the other half of the view.

Matthew Imms
February 2010

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