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189 - ALNWICK CASTLE - DAVE EDWARDS - INK - 1991 by BLYTHART

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189 - ALNWICK CASTLE - DAVE EDWARDS - INK - 1991 by 


Another ink drawing from 1991.

Alnwick Castle is home to the Duke of Northumberland, and has magnificent State Rooms befitting a castle with such a rich history of illustrious owners. Despite its proximity to the town centre, the castle is hidden from view, only seen clearly when approached from the north where it overlooks the River Aln.

The castle was started by the Norman baron, Yvo de Vescy, in 1096, but it gained most of its current design under the direction of the Percy family who acquired the castle in 1309. The Percy’s were one of the most powerful families in England and have been closely linked with the castle ever since.

In 1750, Sir Hugh Smithson, later to become the first Duke of Northumberland, succeeded to the Alnwick estates. By this time the castle was largely derelict, so an extensive program of restoration was undertaken to convert the castle into a luxurious stately home. In the mid 19th century, the fourth Duke, Algernon, carried out a new restoration, and it is the result of this work that is now visible at the castle.

(Information copied from the CastleXplorer Website)

I am a retired man who enjoys expressing himself in pencils and paints. I have had two solo exhibitions in my home town and I love Redbubble. I get as much pleasure from viewing the works of other artists as from creating my own.

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Comments

  • green0pencil
    green0pencilover 3 years ago

    uu..incredible details..i realy love the way you do the sky!!!

  • Thanks … those skies took ages to do. I used a drawing board and a t-square.

    – BLYTHART

  • green0pencil
    green0pencilover 3 years ago

    uuuuuuu this is the year i was born..hehe :p

  • Ah – I knew something historical had happened in 1991 :-P

    – BLYTHART

  • BCallahan
    BCallahanover 3 years ago

    your pen and ink talent is so amazing!!! the details you get from just black and white are amazing!! you are one very talented guy!!! I am proud to call you friend!!

  • I’m proud to call you friend too Barb. You say the nicest things :-)

    – BLYTHART

  • green0pencil
    green0pencilover 3 years ago

    historical =)) good one!!!..thanks

  • Decisions, decisions – should I be historical or hysterical :)

    – BLYTHART

  • Lenka
    Lenkaover 3 years ago

    This is beautiful, David! How large is the original drawing?

  • Thanks … A4 size.

    – BLYTHART

  • green0pencil
    green0pencilover 3 years ago

    hilarious =))

  • green0pencil
    green0pencilover 3 years ago

    what..wait..what? A4 size?? realy damn..this is goooooood!

  • hee-hee – I don’t think the Americans know what A4 means, but we do. I’d better say 21cm x 30cm in case any Americans are looking.

    – BLYTHART

  • green0pencil
    green0pencilover 3 years ago

    haha =))
    realy they don’t know? they don’t have xerox paper in their country?

  • I Googled this for you to read: "By 1975 so many countries were using the German system that it was established as an ISO standard, as well as the official United Nations document format. By 1977 A4 was the standard letter format in 88 of 148 countries. Today the standard has been adopted by all countries in the world except the United States and Canada. "

    – BLYTHART

  • green0pencil
    green0pencilover 3 years ago

    ouch..too bad for them..but why only those two?

  • Probably because the Americans like to do things their way, such as measuring in inches and driving on the wrong side of the road …. just so they can be like the French :-)

    – BLYTHART

  • Joanne Jackson
    Joanne Jacksonover 3 years ago

    Your detail work is, as always, exceptional! I hope these drawings are still available to tourists. By the way, Americans probably won’t get the metric measurements on your paper either. We insist on having our own way.

  • Our rulers and tape measures all have feet and inches plus centimetres … do yours not? We, like you, prefer feet and inches, but as we are part of Europe it has been decreed that we must use the metric system. The result is that most British people use a mixture of both. For example, I have asked in DIY stores for a three metre length of timber and they have then asked if I want 2″ × 2″. I still prefer pints and gallons and pounds and inches, although of late I confess I have been using mainly centimeters.

    Yes, Americans insist on having their own way :-P For the record, we have been driving on the left (aka the proper side) of the road since before America was even discovered …. read this little gem:

    In days of old logic dictated that when people passed each other on the road they should be in the best possible position to use their sword to protect themselves. As most people are right handed they therefore keep to their left. This practice was formalised in a Papal Edict by Pope Benefice around 1300AD who told all his pilgrims to keep to the left.

    – BLYTHART

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