Rokeby Park

Durham, England, United Kingdom

Rokeby Park

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Rokeby Park is a country house in the Palladian style in the civil parish of Rokeby, in Northern England. It is close to the confluence of the River Tees and River Greta, near Greta Bridge in what is now County Durham. It was historically in the North Riding of Yorkshire. Rokeby is pronounced ‘rookbee’ (although many pronounce it ‘rowk-bee’ and this is the more commonly heard pronunciation locally). It is the private home of Sir Andrew Morritt but is open to the public on selected days.

The house is the original English home of the painting The Toilet of Venus by Diego Velázquez, now known in English as The Rokeby Venus. The original now hangs in the National Gallery, London and a copy in the saloon at Rokeby Park. Sir Walter Scott was a regular visitor to the house and used it as the setting for his narrative poem Rokeby in 1812.

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