• By Richmond Castle -

    Inscribed lower centre: By Richmond Castle and dated 1719
    pen and brown ink and washes over pencil on laid paper
    12.4 by 17.8cm., 4 3/4 by 7 inches

    This is one of a group of views of Richmond Castle drawn by Place in 1719. Others from the group are in Leeds City Art Gallery, the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Another drawing by Place dated 1719, of York, is in York City Art Gallery.

    This drawing is typical of the eighteenth century `tinted drawing' used for topographical views - done first in pencil, then pen and ink, and with the light and shadows depicted by thin sepia washes. This is one of over hundred drawings by Place originally in the collection of Sir Bruce Ingram and sold at Sotheby's in 1964

    Sir Bruce Ingram, his sale, Sotheby's, 21st October 1964, lot 105 (part);
    With Alister Mathews, Bournemouth, 1972;
    Private Collection until 2006

    Richard Tyler, Francis Place 1647-1728, Exhibition Catalogue, 1971, p.69, under no.86

  • Sheriff Hutton Castle, Yorkshire -

    Pen and brown ink and wash over pencil on laid paper

    25.1 by 18.6 cm., 9 ? by 7 ? inches



    By descent to the artist?s daughter Ann;

    Her third son Francis Parrott (c.1725-1795);

    By descent to his grand-daughter, Elizabeth Fraser (d.1873);

    Her second son, the artist, Patrick Allan Fraser (1817-1889) of Hospitalfield, Arbroath;

    The sale of his collection, Sotheby?s, 10th June 1931, lot 148 (part);

    With the Squire Gallery, London, 1936


    A view of the castle by Place dated to 1718 is in York City Art Gallery (see Richard Tyler, Francis Place 1647-1728, Exhibition Catalogue, no.83) and a similar upright drawing of the castle, dated 1715, is in Leeds City Art Gallery. A further drawing of the castle looking south towards the city of York is on the verso of a sketchbook page by Place in the British Museum. This was one of two views of Sheriff Hutton Castle in the Squire Gallery exhibition of 1936.


    Place was born in Yorkshire and went to London to study law but the Plague of 1665 forced him to abandon his studies and he returned to York. He devoted him to drawing and became one of a group of artists and antiquaries known as the ?York Virtuosi?. He recorded many local buildings in a style influenced by his friend Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677), one of the earliest topographical artists working in watercolour in this country.

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