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TITLE: Criccieth Castle
MEDIUM: Watercolour signed with monogram lower right
Picture Overall: 2002 x 345 8″ x 13 9/16″
Frame / Mount: Mounted behind a double mount and framed in a guilt swept frame
The inner mount is inscribed ‘Criccieth Castle. N. Wales.
B. H. Hall-Knight.’
475 x 570 18 1/2″ x 22 1/2″
ANNOTATIONS: Inscribed H Hall Knight on back of backing board.
CONDITION: The painting is generally good condition but there discolouration
Criccieth was the home of David Lloyd George who was, of course, known by and knew everyone’s father as attested by the well-known song.
The Castle was begun in 1230 by Llewelyn the Great. Construction continued until 1280. The castle was taken by English forces in 1283. It survived a siege during the Welsh rebellion of 1294 led by Prince Madog after whom Porthmadog is named, and
sailed off to discover America – long before Columbus!
Hywel ap Gruffydd, the Constable of the Castle, was known as Howell the Axe and fought for Edward III at the Battle of Poitier in 1356.
The view looks out over Tremadog Bay towards Harlech and Shell Island (Mochras). Barmouth is beyond the furthest headland with Cadair Idris in the distance.
The beach at Harlech has occasionally seen some enormous leather back turtles which have followed the jellyfish on which they feed as they are swept along by the North Atlantic drift (Gulf Stream) which also brings many different shellfish which normally inhabit the Gulf of Mexico. Shell Island is named after them.
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