This view shows the picturesque coast of North Wales, with Caernarvon Castle at the centre. The sea and coastline are littered with an array of small boats, people and animals. To the far right, the content of a cooking pot bubbles over a fire.
Caernarvon Castle is one of the most impressive of the castles built by Edward I in Wales. It is located at the southern end of the Menai Strait, eight miles south west of Bangor. During Edward I’s invasion of Wales, this was an excellent strategic position from which to subdue the rebellious Welsh princes of Snowdonia. The castle was built in two phases; between 1283 and 1292 and between 1294 and 1330. The historic associations of the Castle, its scenic setting and impressive architecture attracted many picturesque painters of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Amongst the numerous artists who have painted views of the Castle are Richard Wilson (1714-1782), Paul Sandby (1725-1809), J. M. W. Turner, (1775-1851), Peter de Wint (1784-1849) and more recently John Piper (1903-1992).
Although several artists by the name of J. Allen are known to have exhibited in the late 19th century, virtually nothing is known of J. T. Allen. It has been suggested that he was a relative of the architect George Allen (1798-1847), whose architectural drawings were frequently exhibited at the Royal Academy.
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