C. Tunstall Small’s linocuts present picturesque views of two Welsh castles: Kidwelly and Harlech. Both prints are composed in a confident, graphic style, using graduating tones of sepia ink. The overall appearance of his work is reminiscent of the style of artist William Nicholson’s popular black and white woodcuts of the 1890s.
Through its history, Wales is closely associated with its castles and it is often described as ‘the castle capital of the world’. In his book Welsh Castles the historian Adrian Pettifer remarked how:
'In a country with relatively few great churches and abbeys, and even fewer unfortified manor houses, the Castles of Wales form the most imposing group of monuments left from the Middle Ages. In terms of grandeur they are second only to the dramatic landscape.'
Kidwelly Castle in the south west of Wales is a Norman castle overlooking the River Gwendraeth. The present remains date back to 1200 and are remarkably intact. Harlech Castle in Snowdonia, North Wales is one of the mighty fortresses built by King Edward I in the late 13th century.
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