View of the Castle of Aberconway in Caermarthrnshire- Wales
Artist: Robertson, Archibald
Medium: Ink on paper
View of Castle Conwy, Carmarthenshire, Wales. Started in 1283 the castle was a masterpiece of military engineering and design. Situated on a steep sided rocky projection on the banks of the River Conwy, its natural strategic defensive position is obvious from this painting. Control of Conwy Castle was important because it formed part of a ring of fortresses protecting the Snowdon mountain range and the routes to the sea. The castle walls are very high and in places are 15 feet thick. Built on a linear plan it was divided into 2 wards so that each could be held independently in siege situations. The main entrance to the castle would have been via a stone ramp leading to a drawbridge.