Aston Hall from the Walsall road near Birmingham
Medium: Watercolour with pencil, pen and ink
View of the manor house of the parish of Aston. Aston is the largest of the medieval rural parishes which make up the modern city of Birmingham. The house seen in this picture dates from the early Jacobean Period. It was built by Sir Thomas Holte in 1618-1635 in typical Jacobean style and has retained both its period plan and external red brick appearance. As can be seen in this drawing, the 18th century Aston Hall was still a country house but as Birmingham has grown up around it, it is now situated in the middle of an industrialised area.