Wenlock Abbey, Shropshire, The South Transept and Converted Prior's Lodge Seen from the North Transept, by 1779
Paul Sandby RA (1730/31 - 1809)
RA Collection: Art
Watercolour scenes of medieval ruins set in rural landscapes are typical of the topographical work produced by Sandby at this time. During the late 18th century, historic ruins were particularly appreciated for their 'pleasing melancholy', evoking contemplation on the passage of time and man's relationship with nature.
This watercolour shows the ruined South Transept and Chapter House of Wenlock Abbey in Shropshire. The ruins are partially in shadow adding to the sense of solemnity and melancholy. In the 1770s Sandby worked extensively for the print trade and this scene was engraved in 1779.
352 mm x 544 mm
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