The Gatehouse at Etal Castle, Northumberland. 2004
This castle is situated in the beautifully lawned and manicured village of Etal in north Northumberland.
Originally a manor house stood where, later, the fortified tower house was built in 1342. The gatehouse stands as a magnificent sentinel guarding a crossing point of the River Till and saw many raids from Scotland as well as some vicious local feuds.
In 1513 it was seized by King James IV of Scotland and after his defeat at Flodden, Scottish cannon were stored in the basement of the tower house.
The castle seemed to be resting after its stormy history when I visited to do this drawing on a warm, but overcast October afternoon.
The original A2 (420x594mm) indian ink drawing is available to purchase. Please email me for details.