Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bishop Auckland: Auckland Castle and the Wear Valley

1817

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 232 × 328 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D12306
Turner Bequest CLVI 26 a

Catalogue entry

This slight view south-west to Auckland Castle (indicated by the pinnacles of St Peter’s Chapel at the top left) and Newton Cap Bridge over the River Wear is from a similar angle as the double-page drawing overleaf on folios 26 verso and 27 recto (D12304, D12305; Turner Bequest CLVI 25a–26). 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.

Matthew Imms
February 2010

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