Hackfall, Landscape Inspiration for Artists

Sandbed Hut

Sandbed Hut (now partially restored) teetered on the banks of the River Ure. The famous landscape painter Joseph Mallord William Turner captured the view looking downstream to Mowbray Castle in 1816. The original painting (pictured right) can now be seen in the Wallace Collection in London. Turner was one of a group of British romantics and watercolourists that included the illustrious Gainsborough, Girtin and Constable.

There are several other famous paintings from these banks - the first shown here (The River Ure at Hackfall, right) is from a bend in the river, and is by Anthony Devis (1729-1816).    Devis also executed a second painting, The 'Weeping Rock' (see Art Fund website for image).   The main water feature isnít there anymore but the rock remains. Originally the water probably arrived via a man-made channel.  The weeping rock is just another of the Hackfall attractions designed to please visitors.  Both paintings are held by Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston within their large Devis collection.


See Related Links below for more information on Turner (Turner Online from the Tate), follow a 'Turner Trail' on the yorkshire.com website, and see more of Devis' pictures of Hackfall at The Art Fund website.

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