The viaduct was engineered by James Bray for the Leeds and Thirsk Railway, c.1850.
I painted the view a few times, each picture moving closer to how I saw it. To help with the last painting, I sketched it first with my eyes shut.
A Yorkshire day – view from the Chevin. A new painting commissioned and sold this week by Bono Art Gallery in Otley. On Saturday 5th July 2014 the first stage of Le Tour de France will pass through Otley and the Wharfe valley (scene of this painting) en route from Leeds to Harrogate via the Yorkshire Dales.