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City: Barnard Castle
Country: UKAddress: Barnard Castle, County Durham DL12 8NP
Website: www.bowesmuseum.org.uk Uploaded artworks: 65 Uploaded artist: 46
The museum contains an El Greco, paintings by Francisco Goya, Canaletto, Jean-Honor√© Fragonard, Fran√ßois Boucher and a sizable collection of decorative art, ceramics, textiles, tapestries, clocks and costumes, as well as older items from local history. A great attraction is the 18th century Silver Swan automaton, which periodically preens itself, looks round and appears to catch and swallow a fish.
The Bowes Museum was purpose-built as a public art gallery for John Bowes, the illegitimate son of John Bowes the 10th Earl of Strathmore, and Kinghorne, and his wife Jos√©phine Beno√ģte, Countess of Montalbo, who both died before it opened in 1892.
It was designed by the French architect Jules Pellechet in a grand French style within landscaped gardens. The building was described by Nikolaus Pevsner as "... big bold and incongruous, looking exactly like the town hall of a major provincial town in France. In scale it is just as gloriously inappropriate for the town to which it belongs (and which it gives some international fame) as in style".
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