Arundel Castle
By HOLLAR, W[enceslaus] , 1644

A Prospect of ARRVNDELL Castle & Towne on y West Side

British Isles
  • Author: HOLLAR, W[enceslaus]
  • Publication place: [London
  • Publisher: John Hind]
  • Publication date: ?1644.
  • Physical description: Etched print, trimmed to plate mark.
  • Dimensions: 179 by 245mm. (7 by 9.75 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 18241


Originally a motte and bailey castle inhabited by Roger de Montgomery, the first Earl of Arundel and cousin of William the Conqueror. Across the following centuries the families that resided there carried out extensive expansion and renovation work. During the English Civil War the castle was besieged with 10,000 royalists within and the following decade much of the castle was destroyed on the orders of Parliament. Wenceslaus Hollar’s view of Arundel from 1644 therefore preserves an important moment in Arundel’s history. Viewed from the east the western side of the castle is seen on its sloping hilltop, the town below filled with buildings with a vast expanse of fields before them, separated by a large river.


  1. NHG Hollar 556 V
  2. Pennington 955
  3. BM Q,6.55.