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Cook's Folly from Sneyd Park

Cook's Folly from Sneyd Park

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1788

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15540

Item number: f. 225

Length: 186

Width: 270

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Manuscript

Legend goes that a gypsy told a local nobleman, Cook, that his only son would be killed by an unknown enemy before reaching adulthood. Cook then built this tower and placed his son in it for protection. On the day before the boy's 21st birthday God, in his anger at the father's unnatural excessive care, sent a viper to sting the boy who then died as a result - of his own father's folly!

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