Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827)
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Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827)

View of Oxford Castle

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Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827)
View of Oxford Castle
with inscription 'Oxford CASTLE' (lower right)
pencil, pen and ink and watercolour
8¾ x 12 1/8 in. (22.3 x 30.8 cm.)
Provenance
Rev. B.W. Bradford; Sotheby's, London, 1928, lot 31.
Desmond Coke, 1928.
Lucius J. Knowles.
with Arthur Ackermann and Son, Chicago.
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Lot Essay

Oxford Castle was first built by Robert d'Oilly soon after the Norman Conquest in about 1071. Early in the 17th century it was sold by James I, the curtain walls were destroyed, but the moat remained and was used for boating and fishing. The present drawing seems to show the tower known as 'St. George's Tower', (which still stands today), with what might well be the castle mill to the right of the picture.
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