After Joseph Mallord William Turner
Part of Chester Castle, engraved by Byrne published 1810

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Part of Chester Castle, engraved by Byrne
Date Published 1810
Medium Engraving on paper
Acquisition Transferred from the British Museum 1988
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One reason for the popularity of picturesque views in this period was an awareness that traditional areas of Britain were being developed and modernised and therefore changing irrevocably. Many views captured in engraved form no longer existed later in the nineteenth century. By 1822 the medieval castle
of Chester had been demolished and a neo-classical construction, designed by the architect Thomas Harrison, had been erected in its place. Turner seems to have managed to sketch the ruins of the old castle before they were swept away.

August 2004

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