Gibside, Seat of the Earl of Strathmore, from the North by JMW Turner

This work was a study for an illustration to The History of the County of Durham by Robert Surtees.


Watercolour with gum arabic
27 x 44 cm
Art Fund grant:
£5,000 ( Total: £55,000)
Acquired in:

The magnificent woodland scenery of Gibside sweeps from the heights of the hills to the brink of the Derwent, intersected by deep, irregular ravines. The landscape is sketched in a broad, free style while, across the Derwent, a cultivated country forms a fine, bright contrast to the wooded masses which darken the southern bank.


John Bowes, 10th Earl of Strathmore (1769-1820); by descent to John Bowes, the founder of the Bowes Museum; by descent.

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The Bowes Museum Newgate, BARNARD CASTLE County Durham DL12 8NP 01833 690606

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