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Title

Fountains Abbey (west window and tower)

1822


Artist

George Cuitt

England

1779 - 1854


About

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.


Details


Date

1822


Media category

Print


Materials used

etching


Dimensions

29.8 x 26.8 cm sheet


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1954


Location

Not on display


Accession number

9107


Artist information

George Cuitt

Works in the collection

3


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history