The artist John Piper was interested in painting ruined buildings. He lived during the Second World War so he saw many buildings that had been bombed.
The Baroque Castle of Seaton Delaval in Northumberland was built between 1718 and 1729 and was destroyed by fire. Piper visited the castle in 1941, what do you think he saw? Do you think he found any clues to discover what actually happened in the castle or who lived there?
What colours do you see in the painting? What atmosphere does this create? Who do you think lived in the castle? If the castle was destroyed by fire, who started the fire? Was it an accident or was it deliberate?