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J.M.W. Turner : “The Dormitory and Transept of Fountains Abbey — Evening” (1798)

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Founded in 1132, the Cistercian monastery of Fountains Abbey was one of the wealthiest in England, operating for 407 years before it was seized as part of Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries. After the Abbey was sold by the crown in 1540, much of its stone, timber and lead were extracted for use as building materials, some of which were used to construct nearby Fountains Hall.

When Turner painted the site in 1798, picturesque ruins featured so prominently in the popular imagination that aristocrats were having ersatz ruins constructed on their estates. Gothic ruins such as those at Fountains Abbey had provided the inspiration for the Gothic literary genre, originating with Horace Walpole’s 1764 novel The Castle of Otranto.

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