William Howitt (1792-1879)
'Ruined Abbeys and Castles of Great Britain and Ireland'
Photograph probably by Stephen Thompson (1831-93)
London: A.W. Bennett
National Art Library barcode: 3 8041 800 00805 4
Books like this allowed Victorian readers to travel without leaving their libraries. The deluxe binding incorporates a photograph of Kenilworth Castle with a medieval motif. The enthusiasm for medieval architecture stemmed partly from popular authors such as Sir Walter Scott. Howitt wrote of Kenilworth, 'had not Sir Walter Scott made it the theme of one of his most thrilling romances, its ivied ruins would have stood little regarded.'