Harry Toplis watercolorist from the Derbyshire District in England, a well known plein-air artist whose main subjects are the forested landscapes around the town and a love for the village streets and landmarks of the area.
Wingfield Manor is a deserted (since the 1770s) and ruined manor house some 4 miles from the town of Alfreton in the English county of Derbyshire. There is a working farm that forms part of the old manor.
The palace and prison is famous as the house from which Sir Anthony Babington plotted to rescue Mary Queen of Scots. She was in residence there and was moved between various houses that Babington owned in the district until Elizabeth ordered her held there permanently. In later years Mary, who often complained about her numerous prisons, described the manor as a "palace".
It was known for having the one of the earliest flushing systems in England and at another time was used as a base for astronomical observations, including the first scientific observation of an eclipse of the sun.
This watercolor was created in what is called the 'Inner Courtyard' probably one of the oldest areas of Wingfield Manor where walnut trees are still growing since before the Tudor times.
Original vintage frame. Watercolor is in good condition.
The title and description of the watercolor are written en verso of the watercolor itself.
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Frame: 18" x 21" Image: 17" x 20"