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Bolsover Castle, Bolsover, Derbyshire: detail of ceiling in the Heaven Closet showing the ascension of Christ into heaven

RIBA Ref No RIBA158815
Architect/DesignerSmythson, Huntingdon (d. 1648)
Smythson, John (1640-1717)
Smythson, Robert (c. 1535-1614)
Artist/PhotographerCharles, Martin (1940-2012)
CountryUK: England
Subject Date1642
Image Date1992
Library ReferenceMC Unreferenced
Colour InfoColour
CreditMartin Charles / RIBA Collections
SubjectCountry houses ; Murals ; Ceilings
NOTES: Bolsover Castle was built on the foundations of a medieval keep by Charles Cavendish, son of Bess of Hardwick. In 1612 he began building, employing John Smythson, son of Robert Smythson, who designed the Little Castle (completed in 1617), the centrepiece of the castle complex. Charles died in 1617 and the work was continued by his son William from 1620, who built the Terrace Range between 1627-1634. The castle was damaged during the civil war and afterwards the the Riding House range was constructed (1660-1670) and the Terrace Range repaired and remodelled. In subsequent centuries the castle fell into disrepair and was partially dismantled. It came into public ownership in 1946 and the buildings repaired. The most complete survival though, is the Little Castle with its series of grand, 17th century domestic interiors. See RIBA148040 for a black and white version of this image.

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