The Chateau de Chillon by L. Martel

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This is a 9″ x 12″ oil on canvas board painted a very long time ago. It is signed but not dated. The Chateau de Chillon is an island castle located on Lake Geneva (Lac Léman), south of Veytaux in the canton of Vaud. It is situated at the eastern end of the lake, on the narrow shore between Montreux and Villeneuve, which gives access to the Alpine valley of the Rhone. Originally it was a Roman outpost, guarding the strategic road through the Alpine Passes. Chillon is the prison where the famous poet, Lord Byron, was incarcerated. He carved his name into one of the columns of the dungeon. He must have spent a fair bit of time there because I still remember how deeply it was carved into the pillar.

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