'Duffus Castle', watercolour, 52 x 34 cm.
Duffus Castle, near Elgin in Moray, is now a ruin (a splendid ruin!) but was occupied for over 500 years. The original castle, built in the early 1100s, was a 'motte and bailey' castle, a wooden structure on top of an artificially constructed earth mound. It was replaced in the 1300s by this stone castle, which remained occupied as a fortified residence until finally abandoned in 1705. Unfortunately the earth mound underneath was never designed for the weight of stonework and the tower at right in the painting collapsed, apparently quite early in the castle's life! The castle was surrounded by a moat which was crossed by the single stone bridge that we see here on a bright Summer's day. It's a beautiful place, and well worth a visit!
The original painting is now sold.
Prints are available in two sizes:
Small: Image 24 x 16cm, £17 unmounted or £20 mounted to fit a 14 x 11" off-the-shelf frame.
Large: Image 37 x 25 cm, £24 unmounted or £30 mounted to fit a 20 x 16" frame.