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Turner looks up at the west front of the castle from the level of the batteries on that side of the island. This aspect has been the least affected by later rebuilding, which seems to have been limited mainly to altering and enlarging various windows and the addition of a low, crenellated gable at the left-hand end. The inconspicuous entrance door to the castle is just to the left of centre on this side.1 The distant coastline to the south-east continues a little way onto folio 38 recto opposite (D08920; CXXV 37).
The view is part of a series made in sequence from below the castle. The sketch on folios 35 verso–36 recto (D08916, D08917; CXXV 34a–35) shows the north-western corner, and that on folios 38 verso–39 recto (D08921, D08922; CXXV 37a–38), the south-western. For other views of the site, see under folio 32 recto (D08910; CXXV 31).
Compare modern photograph in St Michael’s Mount, Norwich 1969, inside front cover.