Farleigh Castle, Wiltshire

Farleigh Castle, Wiltshire



John White Abbott (176-1851)
Farleigh Castle, Wiltshire

Signed on reverse of original mount: Farley Castle Wilts/JWA June 14. 1827., inscribed with colour notes and numbered on mount: XXIX
Pen and grey ink and watercolour
18.8 by 13 cm., 7 1/4 by 5 in.

Farleigh Castle is situated near Bath on the Wiltshire Somerset borders. Built in about 1380 by Sir Thomas Hungerford who was the first Speaker of the House of Commons and Steward to John of Gaunt. The Castle was sold in 1705 and largely dismantled for salvage. However, its subsequent ruined state and location meant that it became popular as a Picturesque destination.