Joseph Mallord William Turner

Raby Castle and Park from the North


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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 11 a

Catalogue entry

The landscape on the left half of this page is an extension of the panoramic view of Raby Castle and its surroundings on folios 18 recto–17 verso (D12296, D12297; CLVI 21a–22). The inscription refers to New Raby, ‘erected between 1780 and 1790’, comprised ‘a few houses to the east of the castle, chiefly occupied by persons employed on the estate’;1 it does not survive as such on modern maps, although New Raby Wood is marked. The main double-page drawing was the basis of Raby Castle, the Seat of the Earl of Darlington, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1818 (Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore),2 but Turner disregarded the further band of woods and hills recorded here.
As now bound and foliated, sketches of the castle and its surroundings fill most of the second half of the sketchbook, from folio 17 recto (D12298; CLVI 22a) to folio 32 recto (D12309; CLVI 28).

Matthew Imms
February 2010

William Fordyce, The History and Antiquities of the County Palatine of Durham, Newcastle, London and Edinburgh 1857, vol.II, p.113.
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.101–2 no.136, pl.142 (colour).

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