Rokeby The Seat of Tho. Robinson Esqr.
Artist: Buck, Samuel
Medium: Pen and ink on paper
Sketch of Rokeby Manor House, as it was in the early 18th century, located near the border of County Durham and North Yorkshire. It was the ancestral home of the Rokeby family since the middle ages. But after the Civil War, the family were heavily fined and forced to sell the estate. It was bought by the Robinsons, and Sir Thomas Robinson built a new house. As Langdale's Yorkshire Dictionary (1822) reports: "Rokeby," says Pennant, "is an elegant house in the Italian style, built by Sir Thomas Robinson, Bart. well known in his day by the name of Long Tom, from a design of W. Wakefield, Esq.. in 1724, diverted me a little from my road. The front extends 96 feet it has a rustic basement, and in the centre four columns and two pilasters support Corinthian ordonance". The estate was again sold on in 1769.