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Thomas Hennell produced this watercolour soon after he began to study at Regent Street Polytechnic, London, in 1921, at the age of eighteen.
Situated in Hennell’s home county of Kent, Saltwood Castle was built near Hythe in the eleventh century, and expanded in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. In 1953, it became the home of the art historian, Sir Kenneth Clark (1903-1983), who had long recognised Hennell’s talents. While Clark was Director of the National Gallery, he had both chosen Hennell to contribute to the scheme, ‘Recording Britain’, in 1940, and helped appoint him an official war artist in 1943.