PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION
Benjamin Barnard (a pupil of Turner's) until 1848;
His executor's sale, Foster, 8 December 1920, lot 84;
Mrs M. Spooner her sale in these Rooms, 13 March 1980, lot 82:
J. A. Hobbs
In the present watercolour, which dates from circa 1797, Turner depicts two figures resting at the foot of a gnarled tree. Positioned on a hill to the south-west of Durham, a windmill stands to the right, while to the left the grand structure of Durham Cathedral can be seen in the distance.
In the summer of 1797 Turner embarked on his first extensive tour of the North of England. Travelling through much of Yorkshire, Northumberland, the Tweed Valley and the Lake District, he worked in two sketchbooks; the North of England (TB XXXIV) and the Tweed and Lakes (TB XXXV). Although neither contains a preliminary pencil drawing for this watercolour, there are eight sketches relating to the city of Durham and its Cathedral.
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