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Lancaster Castle 70e

Lancaster Castle 70e

Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink

Date: 1810

Shelfmark: K Top Vol 18

Item number: 70e

Length: 31.4

Width: 42.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

A watercolour of the Gateway Tower of Lancaster Castle which is also known as John of Gaunt's tower. However it was not in fact built by him. The coats of arms on the tower and the royal accounts suggest it was built between 1403-1413, in the end of Henry IV's reign and beginning of Henry V's reign. The King himself was Duke of Lancaster at this time, and it seems likely the works on the castle were to avoid a humiliating defeat if the Scottish invaded. The results are impressive as the gatehouse is one of the finest examples of it type. It has two octagonal flanking towers and battlements with parapets. Behind are square stair turrets. The inner arch of the gatehouse has a dogtooth moulding with is typical of the early 13th century

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