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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1855,0214.14

  • Description

    Etal Castle, Northumberland; prospect of undulating moorland with a two-peaked hill in the distance to the left, in the foreground the river Till which curves to the right past a slope on which stands the castle with a farm at the foot Watercolour

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1775-1802
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 233 millimetres
    • Width: 286 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Signed: "Girtin"
  • Curator's comments

    Girtin visited Etal Castle, close to the Scottish border, and about mid-way between Holy Island and Jedburgh, in the autumn of 1796. This watercolour was probably worked up some time during the following year from a drawing made on the spot. Etal Castle, standing close to the banks of the River Till in Northumberland, was fortified in the fourteenth century by its owner, Robert Manners. The castle was attacked during the Scottish incursion of 1513, before the defeat of the invaders at nearby Flodden Hill. Turner visited the area in 1797, when he drew many of the castles sketched by Girtin the previous year. Among these were his first drawings of one of his most famous subjects, Norham Castle on the Tweed, just a few miles to the north, yet he does not appear to have drawn Etal. A photograph of an unidentified watercolour by Girtin, which may possibly depict Etal from a different viewpoint is among the Girtin Archive in the Department as ‘186c’. Engraved in aquatint by J.Hill and published by R Ackermann on May 1 1800, as one of 'Four Views from Nature'. Other subjects were based on the drawings of Barnard Castle and York Minster in the Department of Prints and Drawings (1855-2-14-54 and 1855-2-14-11).

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  • Bibliography

    • Binyon 1898-1907 13 bibliographic details
    • Girtin & Loshak 1954 186 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British Roy PV)

  • Exhibition history

    1982 April-May, Newcastle, Laing AG, 'The Picturesque Tour', no. 75 1988 May-July, Nottingham, Castle Museum, Arts Festival Exh, (no cat.)

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1855

  • Acquisition notes

    See note on 1855-2-14-2

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1855,0214.14

Etal Castle, Northumberland; prospect of undulating moorland with a two-peaked hill in the distance to the l, in the foreground the river Till which curves to the r past a slope on which stands the castle with a farm at the foot Watercolour

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Etal Castle, Northumberland; prospect of undulating moorland with a two-peaked hill in the distance to the l, in the foreground the river Till which curves to the r past a slope on which stands the castle with a farm at the foot Watercolour

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