South Prospect of Wycliffe Hall
Artist: Buck, Samuel
Medium: Pen and ink on paper
Wycliffe is a small hamlet by the River Tees, near to Barnard Castle and on the border between County Durham and North Yorkshire. This is the seat of the Tunstall family, who were practicing Catholics. This early 18th century sketch shows Wycliffe Hall as it looked before its Georgian rebuilding. It is a large rambling Elizabethan house. Beneath the Georgian facade of the present day house, there are still traces of this older house, including the mullioned windows. Langdale's Yorkshire Dictionary (1822) reports of the house owner Marmaduke Tunstall (1743-1790) 'In the privacy of an elegant retirement, he was a most munificent patron of learning, being ever ready to encourage and reward merit'. He was also a well respected orinithologist and author of books on the subject.