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Richmond Castle Tower

Richmond Castle Tower

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: Ktop XLIV

Item number: 45L

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Close-up view of the great keep at Richmond Castle in Yorkshire. The keep was built on top of the gatehouse between 1150 and 1180. This was an unusual feature: the keep of most comparable castles of the era was normally placed a safe distance from the gatehouse. The keep is over 100 feet high and provides the best view of the castle and the surrounding Swale Valley landscape. It is still remarkably well preserved for its age, although most of the rest of the castle is in ruins.

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