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Dover Castle and cliffs

Dover Castle and cliffs

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1759

Shelfmark: Kotp XVI

Item number: 51 g

Genre: Topographical Drawing

The travel writer Celia Fiennes visited Dover Castle in 1697 and commented on the magnificent view and position of Dover castle. She also noted that: ''the Castle is left much to decay and ruinated, only a small apartment for the Governor of three or four roomes, else the whole is spoyl'd, the floores taken up and wanscoate pulled down.'' Daniel Defoe was even less impressed, writing: ''Neither Dover nor its castle has anything of note to be said of them; the castle is old, useless, decay'd, and serves for little."

The chalk cliffs below the castle are the nearest point in England to France - only 22 miles. Fiennes noted: "I saw the cliffs and hills plaine, but some dayes towards the evening you may see the towers and buildings of Calais."

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