Roger Fenton Richmond Castle--Yorkshire
Medium Albumen print from wet plate negative
Mount on original mount
Photo Date 1858c Print Date 1858c
Dimensions 8-1/4 x 10-13/16 in. (210 x 275 mm)
Photo Country United Kingdom (UK)
Photographer Country United Kingdom (UK)
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
From an album of Fenton's with the title on the distinctive chain border label. The scene also takes in part of the town of Richmond and Green Bridge. The market town of Richmond--from the Norman French riche monte meaning 'strong hill'--has grown up around the Norman Castle which still dominates the town today. The building of the castle as a military stronghold began in 1071 on land gifted to Alan the Red of Brittany by his kinsman William the Conqueror as reward for his part in the victory over King Harold and his subsequent support of William as one of his most trusted advisers. Richmond Castle became the headquarters of the Honour of Richmond, a vast assembly of estates in Yorkshire and beyond. See: Schaaf, Taylor and Kraus, Sun Pictures, Catalogue 14, Roger Fenton: A Family Collection, pl.12 for another vantage point of this scene.
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