Varley toured Northumberland in 1808, and the area provided him with subject matter for watercolours for several years. This is one of several showing the castle on Lindisfarne, an island connected to the Northumbria coastline by a causeway that disappears at high tide. The castle dates to the sixteenth century, but the historic associations of the island go back to the sixth century. A number of artists in search of Picturesque subjects with strong historical associations painted not only the Castle but also the ruined priory on Lindisfarne.
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