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John Wootton : “Riders Pausing by the Ruins of Rievaulx Abbey” (c. 1745)

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The ruins of Rievaulx Abbey are situated near Helmsley, in the North York Moors. Established in 1132, it was the first Cistercian monastery in the north of England. It was confiscated and stripped of its valuables in 1538 as part of Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries. When John Wootton painted this scene in or about 1745, 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 Rievaulx provided the inspiration for the Gothic literary genre, originating with Horace Walpole’s 1764 novel The Castle of Otranto.

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