Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ellenthorpe Hall, near Boroughbridge, Looking down the River Ure


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 97 × 154 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXLIV 30

Catalogue entry

Ellenthorpe Hall overlooks the River Ure a mile and a half east of Boroughbridge. Turner’s inscription ‘Ouse’ is mistaken; but see notes to folio 25 verso of the sketchbook (D10914), where he sketched the view towards the house from a little further downstream, where the same poplar trees can be seen from the opposite direction.

The present Ellenthorpe Hall is a square, brick, gentleman-farmer’s house, probably of very late Georgian or early Victorian date. Of the building depicted by Turner (sometimes traditionally called Ellingthorp) there is now no sign, but it appears to have been a two-storey late medieval building, with a Jacobean or early Baroque portal, and a large, probably seventeenth-century gabled manor farmhouse attached. The building was presumably the remnant of a more extensive medieval complex. In Turner’s time it was owned by the Clark family. Turner’s sketch shows the old building to be alarmingly close to the river, which probably accounts for its disappearance, and for the present farmhouse being built well back from the water.

David Hill
January 2009

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