Arthur Simpson, Cow Byre, Stockton-on-Tees Castle Ruin - 1930s pen & ink drawing




An original 1930s pen & ink drawing, Arthur Simpson Cow Byre, Stockton-on-Tees Castle Ruin.

A lively drawing in pen and ink with watercolour washes, depicting the cow byre, or castle barn, the only remains of Stockton Castle to survive into the 19th century. Stockton Castle began as a Norman castle belonging to the Prince-Bishops of Durham, and was a Royalist stronghold during the Civil War. It was reportedly destroyed by Cromwell’s forces, with only the castle barn left standing – which was then demolished in the 19th century. The artist has used a cream laid paper and yellow/brown palette to give the image an almost sepia appearance.

Unsigned. Inscribed lower right: 'Cow byre. Last remaining portion of Stockton Castle pulled down 1865. The original of this is a coloured print in possession of Miss Bell, Thornaby'.
Some minor foxing and age toning as shown. There is an oblique crease running across the paper, below centre, and a small crease across the upper left corner of the sheet - neither of which is especially visible on the front.
17.9cm x 22.8cm.
Unframed.

This drawing is one of a collection of works we have for sale which form a fascinating historic record of old Stockton-on-Tees in the north east of England. Drawn around the 1930s by local artist Arthur Simpson, they depict the town’s streets and landmarks during its flourishing period between the 17th and 19th centuries. The views include Stockton Castle, destroyed by parliamentarians during the Civil War, and the town’s fine Georgian buildings, bustling High Street, Town House and Market Cross. The 18th and 19th centuries saw Stockton grow from a small and quiet market town into a flourishing centre of heavy industry, with prospering shipbuilding, rope-making and brick-making industries. These drawings, which vividly capture a bygone age, evidence the artist’s interest in and affection for his local area.

Arthur Simpson was also a talented watercolourist, and we also have for sale a number of his paintings of rural Thornaby-on-Tees and the surrounding area.

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Product code: JK-231


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