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East Cowes, Eastward

East Cowes, Eastward

Artist: Malton, T.

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1785

Shelfmark: K top Vol 15

Item number: 26.d

Length: 23

Width: 30.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of East Cowes in the Isle of Wight. The settlement of Cowes (historically known as Shamblord) is situated on the northern coast of the Island and is divided into east and West by the river Medina. East Cowes was the larger development until the 19th century when the establishment of the Royal Yacht Squadron on the western bank ensured the growth of West Cowes. Two castles or forts were built by King Henry VIII in the 16th century to defend the northern coast of the island however the castle in East Cowes had been abandoned by the end of the century.

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