Luscombe, Devon, 1820 f.111
Medium: Pencil on paper
Luscombe Castle (also known as Luscombe House), though it looks like an archetypal medieval castle, was in fact built in 1800 by the great English architect John Nash, with gardens designed by Humphrey Repton. Charles Hoare bought the land in 1797 with a view to create an elegant home for himself in the fashion of the times. Hoare chose the secluded site for its fine views of the Devon coast and the English Channel.
J Britton, in his work 'Devonshire & Cornwall illustrated from original drawings by Thomas Allom &tc' , describes the setting thus, "The scenery at Luscombe, including its plantations, shrubbery, gardens, and farm, the varied outline of the grounds, the variety of deciduous and exotic trees, the ridges of hills and distant views, constitute a succession of pleasing and picturesque objects, which cannot fail to gratify almost every class of visitants."