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Carnavon Castle 10a

Carnavon Castle 10a

Artist: Smirke, Mary

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: Ktop XLVI

Item number: 10a

Genre: Topographical Print

View of Caernarfon Castle. The castle, situated at the southern end of the Menai Strait between north Wales and Anglesey, was begun in 1283 by Edward I as a military stronghold, seat of government and Royal palace. It took 37 years to complete and although the defences of the castle were not as great as many other castles of the time, it was actually intended to be a symbol of English dominance over the Welsh and assumed an image of Royal splendour and grandeur . Edward I wanted to create a nucleus of English influence in this area, and wanted to make Caernarfon the capital of a new dominion and so he incorporated the town of Caernarfon into the castle.

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