Walter Scott's epic poem Rokeby is the inspiration for this fascinating exhibition of paintings by the likes of JMW Turner and Atkinson Grimshaw, who were drawn to the area by the popularity of the poem.

Written by Scott in 1813, ‘Rokeby’ is a majestic saga set in Teesdale in the Civil War featuring ghosts, murder and star-crossed lovers. The location was inspired by Rokeby Park, where Scott’s friend and one-time owner of the Rokeby Venus JBS Morritt lived.

This exhibition brings together the poem and the paintings made in response to it, in particular Turner’s watercolours created specifically to illustrate the text. Other artists include Turner’s friend and rival Thomas Girtin and the Pre-Raphaelite painter Alfred William Hunt, who once said Germany and Switzerland put together could not surpass the views of this part of the world.

The Bowes Museum

Newgate, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8NP

01833 690606


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Mon – Sun, 10am – 5pm

Closed 25, 26 Dec and 1 Jan

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