A PAIR OF VIEWS OF PETERBOROUGH CATHEDRAL
Both signed & dated l.r. R B Harraden delt / 1830
Watercolour with pen & ink
Both 13 x 21cm
Anonymous Sale, Christie's, South Kensington, 15.04.2015, Lot 501
Harraden made at least one print of Peterborough Cathedral, and a large watercolour view of the cathedral with figures was sold at Philips, Leeds, 03.03.1999, Lot 205.
Richard Bankes Harraden was born the son of an artist who had made his name painting the architecture, scenery and costumes of the University and town of Cambridge. His first known works were the preparatory drawings for his father's Cantabrigia Depicta; which he followed up with another work in the same style as his father, Illustrations of the University of Cambridge, a volume containing fifty-eight views.
R.B. Harraden painted in both oils and watercolours and was an accomplished printmaker. Of the Cambridge colleges, he painted Downing, Emmanuel, Jesus, several views of King’s and its Chapel, Peterhouse with Little St Mary’s Church, Queens’, St. Catharine’s, St John’s, Trinity, Trinity Hall, and also Great St Mary’s Church, the Senate House, and King’s Parade.He also produced other views in the Cambridge area such as Wimpole Hall, Madingley Church, Whittlesford Church, Ely and St Ives, and painted other places in England, including Oxford University (Christchurch from Merton Fields, Magdalen), Eaton Hall in Cheshire, Warwick Castle, Eton College from several vantage points, Gloucester Cathedral, the Isle of Wight, scenes in Italy and Greece, and pastoral landscapes.
His works can be found today in the Fitzwilliam Museum, the Yale Centre for British Art and prints after his works can be found in numerous institutional collections.