Picturing Severndroog


Looking at Severndroog


Severndroog is famed for its spectacular views of London and southern England. Veiled by the treeline of Castlewood for much of the year, the castle is something that we tend to come to look from rather than to look at. However, before the woods rose and hid it from sight in the late nineteenth century, Severndroog was an important and striking feature of the capital’s skyline, which captured the attention of numerous artists and appeared in a range of major and minor works of art. This exhibition uncovers the tower’s rich visual history, bringing together early views of the castle and its surroundings, its cameo appearances in more famous works of art and its inclusion in the largest painting ever made.


Charles dickens

Exhibition text​ © Ellen Bulford Welch and Jonathan Taylor.