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[Ruins] At Kingsgate in the Isle of Thanet

[Ruins] At Kingsgate in the Isle of Thanet

Engraver: Basire, J.

Medium: Aquatint with etching

Date: 1780

Shelfmark: K Top Vol 18

Item number: 30a4

Length: 33.8

Width: 45.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

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View of ruins on the estate of Lord Holland at Kingsgate on the Isle of Thanet in Kent. One accompanying note explains 'Arx Ruochim (Secundum Revdm. & admodum ornatum. Et eruditum virum Cornelium Willes). Another note reads 'Tempore Principis Vortigern Annum Circiter CCCCLVIII Aedificata'. The Arx Ruochim is a folly built by Lord Holland in the style of a Henry VIII coastal fort, as seen in Walmer and Deal. It pretended to replace a tower erected here by King Vortigern in c.458. Lord Holland built a number of follies around his house here, in the late 18th century.

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