Model for 'The Witches' Well', Castlehill

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Between 1479 and 1722 over 4,000 people, mainly women, were tortured or executed in Scotland for suspected witchcraft. A small well on the castle esplanade marks the spot where over 300 individuals were burned. This is a model for the well that was commissioned to commemorate them.

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Model for 'The Witches' Well', Castlehill




wax & board


H 45 x W 48.3 x D 8 cm

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purchased (government grant-in-aid), 1983

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