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Lancaster Castle f55

Lancaster Castle f55

Artist: Blore, Edward

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Additional MS 42023

Item number: f55

Length: 17.9

Width: 19.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

A pencil drawing of the Gateway Tower of Lancaster Castle which is also known as John of Gaunt's tower. However it was not in fact built by him. The coats of arms on the tower and the royal accounts suggest it was built between 1403-1413, in the end of Henry IV's reign and beginning of Henry V's reign. The King himself was Duke of Lancaster at this time, and it seems likely the works on the castle were to avoid a humiliating defeat if the Scottish invaded. The results are impressive as the gatehouse is one of the finest examples of it type. It has two octagonal flanking towers and battlements with parapets. Behind are square stair turrets. The inner arch of the gatehouse has a dogtooth moulding with is typical of the early 13th century

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