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- Object Name: print
- Accession Number: 1994.1112
- Date: 26/01/1790
- Description: framed etching/engraving depicting Dunbar Castle looking from NE to SW, shows standing stack, interior of Albany`s Battery and fallen wall of main hall with coats of arms, in covered plain black dowel frame on cream card mount, two wall hanging loops
This print of Dunbar Castle was engraved by J Grey from a painting by Luke Clenell (1781-1840). Fishwives from Dunbar Harbour came to the rocky foreshore at Bayswell to collect shellfish for baiting fishing lines.
This print was originally published in Border Antiquities of England and Scotland. The coastline west from Dunbar Castle to Belhaven Bay is marked with a series of little bays and rocky spurs, providing good views of the castle ruins on a volcanic promontory.
The Victorian period saw a rise in the popularity of Scotland's history, promoted by Sir Walter Scott and other writers. Romanticised prints of places central to ancient events were produced in great numbers and helped to encourage the country's nascent tourist industry.
- For more information contact: East Lothian Council Museums Service