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Warwick Castle f.13

Warwick Castle f.13

Artist: Blore, Edward

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: Additional MS 42023

Item number: f.13

Length: 15.5

Width: 23

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Warwick Castle started off as a simple wooden fortification, erected in 1068 by William the Conqueror. Over the centuries, as it passes through the various lines of the Warwick earldom, it expanded to massive proportions to become one of the largest and grandest castles in England.

By the early 17th century, it had fallen into disrepair and was in urgent need of modernisation. Sir Fulke Greville, who had been presented with Warwick by James I, embarked upon an expensive regeneration programme. This was not done for purely aesthetic reasons. Greville was a staunch ally of James and it was becoming increasingly clear that plans were being hatched to depose James from the throne. The King sought protection here for a while in 1617. Unfortunately, Sir Greville met an untimely death several years later at the hands of one of his servants. Greville had recently drawn up his will and provoked accusations from his servant that he had overlooked him in recompense for all his loyal years of service. The servant pulled out a knife and stabbed his master before then killing himself.

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