One of the many delights of the Bowes Museum is its collection of art. I’m ashamed to say that I can’t remember the artist who painted this but it’s just one of a really wide-ranging collection.  (See also the detail from one of the Canalettos, above.)

Well worth the trip to Barnard Castle along some (alternately) sun and rain drenched back roads.  We were just too late to see the mechanical Swan in action but never mind – there’s plenty of interest here, not least the story of the amazing couple who built and filled this French style chateau in Yorkshire.

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