Monday, 2 June 2014

Brougham Castle Sketch

I really should get out and mow the lawn, but today started with a bit of a doodle...

This is Brougham Castle, near Eamont Bridge in Cumbria. Drawn from a photograph that I took in 1985, it was the favourite of several castles owned and restored by the remarkable Lady Anne Clifford, Countess of Pembroke. She thought life in Elizabethan times just a bit too modern for her tastes and elected to live as though it were the 13th and not the 17th century. Her diaries tell of her struggle to claim her rightful inheritance in a time when women were expected to stay in the shadow of their family or husband. She died at Brougham Castle in 1676.

A couple of scans show different stages of the sketch.

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