Arthur Simpson, Stockton Castle Barn, Stockton-on-Tees - 1930s pen & ink drawing

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

An appealing watercolour showing the 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. Laid down on backing paper.

Unsigned. Inscribed lower left.
Some age toning as shown.
25.5cm x 17.7cm.

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-201

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