CLIFFORDs TOWER, YORK CASTLE, North Yorkshire. Hand coloured sketch elevations of the exterior north and east faces of Cliffords Tower. Drawing by Frank Baines, H.M. Office of Works, 16th December 1913
Historic England is the public body that champions and protects England's historic places
EDITORS COMMENTS This print showcases the magnificent Cliffords Tower, standing tall and proud in the heart of York Castle, North Yorkshire. The hand-coloured sketch elevations beautifully capture the intricate details of this medieval marvel's exterior north and east faces. Crafted by Frank Baines from H. M. Office of Works on a wintry December day in 1913, this illustration transports us back in time to an era defined by architecture, defense, and fortification. Cliffords Tower exudes strength and resilience as it overlooks the surrounding landscape with its towering presence. Its stone walls tell tales of battles fought and victories won throughout history. This graphic representation offers a glimpse into the architectural brilliance that went into constructing such an imposing structure. The meticulous attention to detail evident in every stroke brings life to this historical gem, allowing us to appreciate both its grandeur and intricacy. From the carefully carved windows to the sturdy battlements atop its ramparts, each element contributes to Cliffords Tower's timeless beauty. As we gaze upon this remarkable illustration, we are reminded of our rich heritage and how these ancient structures continue to captivate our imagination today. It serves as a testament not only to Frank Baines' artistic talent but also to Historic England's commitment towards preserving our cultural treasures for generations yet unborn.
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