Raby Castle, Yorkshire

Anthony Vandyke Copley Fielding, 1841

WAG 8185

About this object

Raby Castle in County Durham was built by the prominent mNeville family in the 14th century. The artist Fielding was born in Yorkshire and the region’s landscape remained a favorite subject throughout his career.

This watercolour is typical of Fielding’s atmospheric views. He often included spots of haze and raincloud in the distance. The art critic John Ruskin (1819-1900) wrote about this technique of ‘driving the eye into the distance by the use of brown moorland foregrounds’ created with ‘wet broad sweeps of the brush’ in his book ‘Modern Painters’ in 1843.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Anthony Vandyke Copley Fielding (British: English, born:November 22 1787, died:3 March 1855)
  • Date
    1841
  • Materials
    Watercolour; Paper
  • Measurements
    paper: 52.6 cm x 76.6 cm
  • Physical description
    A landscape watercolour looking across the landscape to Raby Castle in the distance. The terrain in the foreground is largely flat, showing about several figures and a herd of deer in the distance. A light rain shower appears to be falling above the castle in a largely grey sky.
  • Related people
    Agnew's Gallery (Previous owner); Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire (Previous owner); Thomas Bell (Previous owner); Anthony Vandyke Copley Fielding (Artist/maker); H Blairman and Sons (Previous owner); Charles E Lees (Previous owner); Mitchell (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 8185
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by C F J Beausire in 1972
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

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Publications

  • English Watercolours in the Collection of C F J Beausire

    Edward Morris

    Author: Edward Morris
    Publisher: Walker Art Gallery, Printed by Elliot Bros. & Yeoman Ltd.
    Date: 1970
    Description:

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1972
    Disposal method: Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery in 1972
  • H Blairman and Sons

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Mitchell

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased from Sotheby's on 9 July 1936, Lot 26
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Charles E Lees

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1936
    Disposal method: Sold posthumouslyby at Sotheby's on 9 July 1936, Lot 26
  • Agnew's Gallery

    Owned from: 1880
    How acquired: Purchased from Christie's on 14 July 1880, Lot 31
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Thomas Bell

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1880
    Disposal method: Sold at Christie's on 14 July 1880, Lot 31

Inscriptions

Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: Copley Fielding 1841
    Inscription method: Watercolour
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; Lower right
Object view = Fine Art
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