Hastings Castle
Reproduction Italian 18thC plain ‘Carlo Maratta’ scotia frame, water gilded
Good condition
A view of the remnants of a Gothic castle, scattered down a hillside, with the sea behind on the left and a large town immediately below and beyond. This is a finished drawing, carefully composed to take advantage of the higher wall on the right, the rising and sinking ground, and the vistas of the town and sea. It may have formed the first stage of a finished painting. It displays all Nicholls’s talent for depicting and heroizing buildings; the contrasts of light and shade are calculated to emphasize the spatial depth and the solidity of the remaining walls, and to set off the military purpose of the castle against the romanticism and melancholy of its decay.
Height 18.40 cm (7.24 inches)
Width 29.20 cm (11.50 inches)
External Height 36.80 cm (14.49 inches)
External Width 47.60 cm (18.74 inches)
Pencil on paper
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