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View of Chepstow castle on the River Wye 6-I

View of Chepstow castle on the River Wye 6-I

Engraver: Gardnor, Revd J

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1792

Shelfmark: Ktop XXXI

Item number: 6-I

Genre: Topographical Print

Chepstow is a town on the border between England and Wales, on the lowest defensible point on the River Wye. As can be seen in the picture, the castle, perched on a long, thin, craggy clifftop, dominates the view from the river. Construction of the castle was begun by William fitz Osbern in AD1071 and it was substantially added to in later centuries. William Coxe, a clergyman who visited Chepstow in around 1801, noted: "The ponderous remains of the castle form a grand and prominent feature in this diversified scenery; they cover a large tract of land, and stretch along the brow of the perpendicular cliff which impends over the Wye". The artist is the Reveremd John Gardnor (1729-1808), a drawing master with a school in Kensington Square, who exhibited his landscapes at the Royal Academy from 1782 to 1793.

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