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Chepstow Castle

RICHARDS, John Inigo (1731 - 1810)

Chepstow Castle

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 75.4 x 104.4 cm

Acquired: 1945; Purchase

Accession Number: NMW A 430

William Fitzosbern founded the castle for William the Conqueror to control the mouth of the river Wye, a key crossing from England and Wales. One of the first stone castles, Chepstow was repeatedly enlarged until the Civil War. Richards was a founder member of the Royal Academy, where he showed a picture of this subject in 1776. He was also a highly successful scene painter at Covent Garden, as may be sensed from this theatrical composition.

Comments(1)

Richard Owen
30 April 2016, 19:19
If this view is taken from the English side of the River Wye, then I suggest that the image is reversed. The keep of the Castle should be to the right of the entrance gatehouse. Artistic license?
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