Cows and farm workers relax in the foreground of this idyllic scene. The stools and buckets suggest the cows have been milked, or are about to be. On the hill in the distance, the medieval gatehouse of Donington Castle can be seen. This print was published as a plate in Part II of Britannia Depicta: a Series of Views of the Most Interesting and Picturesque Objects in Great Britain.This second volume deals with the counties of Berkshire and Cambridgeshire.
Donington was a medieval castle, located near the town of Newbury in Berkshire. It was built by Richard Abberbury the Elder, after a licence was granted by King Richard II in 1386 AD. In 1646, Parliament voted to demolish the castle, so when this image was published in 1805, the 14th-century gatehouse depicted was all that remained of Donnington Castle.
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