"Berkley Castle the Seat of the Earl of Berkley"
Original copper-plate engravingdesigned and executed by Johannes Kip(1653-1722) for the most important English topographical publications of the 18th Century,
Brittania Illustrated, of views of Several of the Queen's Places as also of he Principal Seats of the Noblity and Gentry "
of Great Britain Curiously engraved on 80 Copper Plates"
Berkeley Castle, in Gloucestershire, has been lived in by the same family for over 900 years.(2010)
Its place in history is significant, not just because it is still intact, but because the Berkeley family and their
home have played an important part in the power struggles of so many centuries.
The Castle is one of the March Castles, built to keep out the Welsh. It has all the trappings to match: trip steps designed to make the enemy
stumble during an assault, arrow slits, murder holes, enormous barred doors, slots where the portcullis once fell, and worn stones where sentries stood guard.
It is also a fairytale Castle with its warm pink stone that glows in soft sunset light. Outside, the battlements drop some 60' to the Great Lawn below; but inside the Inner Courtyard, the building is on a human scale, with uneven battlements, small towers, doors and windows of every shape and size. The surrounding land would have been flooded for defence.
The Family are one of only three families in England who can trace their ancestry from father to son back to Saxon times.
English history has been lived out within these walls - and by this family. The Castle is the oldest building in the country to be
inhabited by the same family who built it. For centuries, the Berkeleys were close to the throne, able administrators and fighters who supported
their king or queen (as long as they could), backed the winning side, and married well.
It is where history has been made. Where Edward II was murdered, where the Barons of the West gathered
before Magna Carta and where Queen Elizabeth I hunted and played bowls.
Condition= Original Laid paper in excellent condition. Hand coloured.
Size of copper plate mark = 355mm x 430mm
Framed Presentation= Conservation cotton matand backing, Conservation Ultra Violet blocking glass, timber embossed frame amd gold beaded fillet.
Price = AUD $ 995
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