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In the manner of other topographical series, the engravings for Southern Coast were juxtaposed with written descriptions offering
a mixture of poetic licence and historical fact. The text was composed by William Combe,
a hack journalist, and varies in relevance
and quality. The entry accompanying Bow
and Arrow Castle remarks: 'This ancient fortress, which may be supposed to derive
its name from the weapons employed in war at the time of its erection, and to whose use
it was particularly accommodated, is become a ruin but of small extent, though it produces
a picturesque effect to the eye of the painter.'

August 2004