Windsor Castle, Berkshire, England
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This sketch of 'Bodiam Castle' would very probably have been done by Louisa Herschel from life on a family holiday. It is signed by the artist. Being so large and covering such a wide range of ages, the Herschel family rarely if at all went on holiday together but would instead go away in small groups. Bodiam Castle is in East Sussex and is now owned by the National Trust. Louisa, as she was known to the family, was John and Margaret's 4th child (3rd daughter) and was considered by the rest of the family to be their most accomplished artist. This is one of a series of drawings she, alongside her brothers and sisters, would have done as part of her artistic education. The Herschel daughters, and the sons before they went away to school, recieved a very intensive education at home with lessons from their mother, their father, a series of governesses and a number of specialist outside tutors. While we do not have records for every year of their childhood, there does exist (in a private collection) Louisa's diary for the year 1844 and from this we can see that in 1844 those children still at home had lessons in drawing with an outside tutor, Mr de la Cours who came to the house every Monday and would continue to practice their artwork roughly every other day.
Credit Line: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Herschel Collection