Sir Robert Ker Porter: Notebook on Ancient Armour and Castles

Scope and Content

Volume of ancient armour and castles drawn by Sir Robert Ker Porter, consisting of a frontispiece; title page; pages numbered i-viii; the main section, pp. 1-683; and an index, pp. 673-680 (to 'L' only). The main text ends at p. 168, and the rest of the volume contains mainly notes on and facing the illustrations. Many of the figures are in colour. There are plans and paintings of castles from p. 571, all of which are English examples, with the exception of pp. 632-635.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Robert Ker Porter (1777-1842), artist, was a protg of Benjamin West from 1790 and an academy student at Somerset House. He painted chiefly battle scenes.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Deposited on loan by the Cambridge Antiquarian Society, 1979.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Custodial History

The Cambridge Antiquarian Society had probably obtained the volume for its library before the year 1883.