Warkworth Castle, Northumberland
Warkworth Castle, Northumberland
Warkworth Castle, Northumberland

LUKE CLENNELL (1781-1840)

Warkworth Castle, Northumberland

1812 English

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This present watercolour by Clennell was engraved by J.Greig for the Border Antiquities of England and Scotland, published 1812.

Warkworth Castle was first mentioned in a charter of between 1157 and 1164 when Henry II granted the castle and manor of Warkworth to Roger fitz Eustace. It was his son, Robert fitz Roger, who, between 1199 and 1214, introduced many of the features still visible today including the gatehouse, Carrickfergus Tower. To protect Northumberland during the wars between Scotland and England , Edward II ordered the fortification of the castle in 1323. The castle was finally besieged by the Scots in 1327, but without success.

By 1332, the castle passed to Henry Percy, 2nd Lord Percy, who had been granted it by Edward III. Although Alnwick Castle and the barony were the main power base of the Percy family throughout the Middle Ages, Warkworth Castle was their preferred residence until the 17th Century.

The artist, Luke Clennell was born in Ulgham, Northumberland. He was apprenticed to Thomas Bewick, the engraver and naturalist, in 1797. He moved to London in 1804 and continued his work as an engraver until 1810. He was also a talented painter and a member of the Associated Artists in Watercolour (1810-1812). He exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Oil and Watercolour Society. After completing his most ambitious work, the ' Banquet of the Allied Sovereigns in the Guildhall', his mental health deteriorated in 1819 and he died in an asylum in Newcastle in 1840.

Examples of his work can be found in the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Dundee City Art Gallery, Laing Art Gallery, Newport Art Gallery, Greenwich, Newcastle and the Ulster Museum.
Original condition
Height 23.00 cm (9.06 inches)
Width 39.00 cm (15.35 inches)
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