Thomas Rowlandson’s view of the South Gate of Exeter

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Thomas Rowlandson’s view of the South Gate of Exeter

This pen and watercolour drawing by Thomas Rowlandson shows the outer face of the gate; it is not precisely dated but may belong in the 1790s. The gate was demolished in 1819. It shows the massive projecting towers of the gate rebuilt in the years 1410-20. They served as prisons, whilst the room over the gate provided a place for civic functions. Outside the gate are houses constructed at the close of the Civil War in the 1650s and 1660s.

Acknowledgments: RAM Museum