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Collection

George Cuitt

(England 1779 – 1854)

Title
Fountains Abbey (west window and tower)
Year
1822
Media category
Print
Materials used
etching
Dimensions

29.8 x 26.8 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1954
Accession number
9107
Location
Not on display
Further information

Cuitt’s architectural depictions have a dramatic, if not overblown, quality compared to those of his contemporaries. Ruined abbeys were a favourite motif of romantic artists, none more so than Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire which became an obligatory stop on any northern picturesque tour. Ruins were considered more picturesque when partly hidden so that their beauties came as a surprise when discovered from different aspects. Their purpose was to arouse an emotional response in the viewer and to conjure up moods and associations rather than to record medieval sites precisely.

Exhibition history (2)

Purchases and Acquisitions for 1954, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 10 Mar 1955–10 Apr 1955

Printmaking in the age of Romanticism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Aug 2009–25 Oct 2009