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Samuel Palmer, 1805–1881

Tintern Abbey

Watercolor, gouache, pen and brown ink, and graphite on medium, smooth, cream wove paper
Sheet: 10 3/8 x 14 3/4 inches (26.4 x 37.5 cm), Frame: 23 1/4 x 30 x 1in. (59.1 x 76.2 x 2.5cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
abbey | architectural subject | Gothic (Medieval) | Medieval | ruins
Associated Places:
Cymru | Europe | Monmouthshire | Tintern Abbey | United Kingdom | Wales
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IIIF Manifest:

Walter de Clare founded Tintern Abbey in the twelfth century on the bank of the Wye River in south Wales. Following the publication of William Gilpin’s Observations on the River Wye in 1782, visitors flocked to Tintern. Many came through the Wye valley tour. Like many picturesque and Romantic views, this watercolor eliminates the Welsh people populating the area; in fact, local workers lived in the Abbey, but are edited out of Palmer’s image. While some visitors enjoyed the contrast with the ancient ruins, this view allows the enjoyment of the site in its ruined, imperfect state.

Gallery label for the Art in Focus: Wales(Yale Center for British Art, 2014-04-04 - 2014-08-10)

Art in Focus : Wales (Yale Center for British Art, 2014-04-04 - 2014-08-10) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Making History - Antiquaries in Britain 1707-2007 (Yale Center for British Art, 2012-02-02 - 2012-05-27) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Modern Gothic : The Revival of Medieval Art (Yale University Art Gallery, 2000-04-04 - 2000-07-30) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Yale Center for British Art, Wales, New Haven, 2014, pp. 10-11, 21, V2519 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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