William Henry Bartlett

Hadleigh Castle, amongst other drawings

William Henry Bartlett, self-portrait
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Castles and Abbeys of England by William Beattie M.D.
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Raglan Castle by W H Bartlett
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Hadleigh Castle, drawn by William Henry Bartlett engraved by C. Mottram
View of Hadleigh Castle

William Henry Bartlett (1809 – 1854) drew this self portrait in 1836. He was  a British artist, best known for his drawings rendered into steel engravings. Reportedly one of the best illustrators of topography of his time, he travelled and drew in Britain,  the Balkans,  the Middle East and North America. Much of his work was published by George Virtue in London.

Bartlett made sepia wash drawings the exact size to be engraved and aimed to make “lively impressions of actual sights,” many of his works containing a ruined church, abbey, cathedral or castle pictured from the best viewpoint.    Bartlett died of fever on the French steamer Egyptus off  Malta in 1854.

Several of his pictures were engraved for use in his friend William Beattie M.D’s ground-breaking work:   The castles and abbeys of England; in two volumes.

{Ref: The Project Gutenberg EBook ” The castles and abbeys of England”  Vols. 1 & 2 of 2, by William Beattie.}

Fine examples of his work are in Volume 1, for example, this excellent view of Raglan Castle, which is described as:
“The Keep or Donjon Tower, from the Moat; on the right are seen the Gateway Towers, and in the centre is the Keep. In front, opening upon the water, is the old sally-port; and on the right bank, partially concealed by trees, is the private walk, formerly ornamented with statues and shell-work, as described in the text. The Keep is represented in the same state as when it was left by General Fairfax after the siege.”

Though not used in Beattie’s masterwork, the picture of Hadleigh Castle has much of the fine detail evident in the views of Raglan Castle, and also conveys the emotion of the artist, expertly engraved in this case by C Mottram; and again published by George Virtue near St Paul’s Churchyard in London.

Pictured in around 1832, it shows the estuary lapping much closer to the Castle than now, and an abundant  mix of shipping, both steam and sail powered.
1832 was also the year in which Sir James Gordon KCB (a famous warship captain) was appointed Superintendent of Chatham Dockyard.
Later, HMS Téméraire was guided through the same estuary to be broken up; and the event was painted by J M W Turner in 1838.

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