The City of Durham Trust
The City of Durham Trust publishes books and Christmas cards and you can use this page to buy them, either through the post (paying with a cheque) or online (paying with your debit or credit card).
This year’s card is Durham, by John Dobbin, 1854. The artist (1815-1888) was born in Darlington, but moved to London, where he became a noted water-colourist. He is best known for his widely-reproduced Opening of the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1825. (It was depicted on our £5 notes, along with the portrait of George Stephenson, until 2003.)
The view here is that from Aykley Heads. His interest in architectural detail is shown in the detail of the peninsula, Framwellgate Bridge and weir and cluster of riverside buildings. The church towers of St Nicholas - four years before it was replaced with the city's first spire - and St Margaret are clearly visible. The pastoral foreground is somewhat fanciful.