Powis Castle, south-east garden view
Artist: Buckler, John Chessell
Medium: Pencil on paper
This drawing shows a south-east view of Powis Castle from the terraced gardens. The castle was built in the 12th century to a traditional Norman plan with the main keep high up on a promontory, an inner bailey and thick defensive walls surrounding the whole compound.
In medieval times the castle was a military stronghold for the princes of Powys in their battles against the English and other Welsh clans. The Herbert family took over the castle in the 16th century and successive generations embarked upon a series of renovation and modernisation. During the 18th century the gardens were landscaped in the French and Italian styles popular at that time. The terraces seen here drew visitors from far and wide as they still do today.