Rokeby: Poetry and Landscape. Walter Scott and Turner in Teesdale

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Walter Scott came to know Teesdale and its romantic landscape through his friendship with J.B.S. Morritt, the owner of Rokeby Hall on the River Greta. His detailed observation of the area and researches into its history provided the background colour for his epic ballad Rokeby, a thrilling tale of love and treachery set at the time of the English Civil War.

It inspired Turner and other artists to visit Teesdale in search of the picturesque landscape. Scott's text was transformed, via sketches  made on the spot, into finished watercolours and engraved illustrations. Where Scott and the artists led, the public followed; the nineteenth century marked the beginning of a burgeoning tourist industry to the Dale.