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Francis Danby, 1793–1861

Chepstow Castle on the Wye

Materials & Techniques:
Graphite on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Sheet: 8 1/4 x 17 5/8 inches (21 x 44.8 cm)

Inscribed in graphite, upper center: "Chepstow Castle Danby"; lower right: "Danby"; lower right: "Chepstow Castle"

Signed in graphite, upper center: "Danby"; in graphite, lower right: "Danby"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
architectural subject | castle | cliffs | geology | hills | landscape | river | ruins | trees
Associated Places:
Chepstow | Chepstow Castle | Cymru | Europe | United Kingdom | Wales | Wye
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IIIF Manifest:

By the nineteenth century, Chepstow Castle had long lost its original, strategic purpose intended by William the Conqueror in the eleventh century. Francis Danby specialized in poetic landscapes that were not grounded in biblical, literary, classical, or historical subject matter. This drawing, however, does not fall into his usual poetic landscape category, but instead is a detailed depiction of Chepstow Castle, one of the many stops along the Wye River Valley tour. Like many other Romantic artists of his period, Danby depicts the ruins as a vision of a desolate past, the expanse of beautifully shaded water accompanying a deserted Chepstow Castle. Edited out of the landscape are a glass yard and factory, which were built when the castle was leased out during the nineteenth century.

Gallery label for the Art in Focus: Wales(Yale Center for British Art, 2014-04-04 - 2014-08-10)

Art in Focus : Wales (Yale Center for British Art, 2014-04-04 - 2014-08-10) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Francis Danby ARA (Tate Britain, 1989-02-15 - 1989-04-09) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Francis Danby ARA (Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, 1988-11-05 - 1989-01-21) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Yale Center for British Art, Wales, New Haven, 2014, p. 21, V2519 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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