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Battery, Isle of Portland

Battery, Isle of Portland

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1790

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15537

Item number: f.185

Length: 18.3

Width: 25.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

Because of its panoramic views of the Dorset coast and the English Channel, the Isle of Portland has for centuries served as a stategic defence point against invaders from the sea. Over the past two thousand years numerous forts, castles, lookout points and battlements have been erected on the isle. Some have long ago vanished or fallen into disrepair, whilst others stand as testimony to Portland's role as the south coast defender of mainland Britain.

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