Kelso Abbey, Scotland - Original mid-19th-century watercolour painting


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An original mid-19th-century watercolour painting, Kelso Abbey, Scotland.

A carefully observed watercolour study of Kelso Abbey, seen from the graveyard. Now a ruin, the Romanesque abbey was founded in the twelfth century. On watercolour paper laid down on backing paper.

Unsigned. The painting is accompanied by a separate fragment of paper with the inscription 'Kelso Abbey from the Cemetry'.
In good condition for its age.
12.6cm x 18cm.
Unframed.

This work comes from an attractive collection of landscape views, painted in watercolour, made on a tour of Scotland some time in the nineteenth century. The images vary between landscape views of Scottish towns, especially Kelso, and detailed architectural studies, in particular of some of the ruined abbeys in the area, such as those at Kelso, Jedburgh and Melrose. The late nineteenth century saw an explosion in internal travel within the UK, fuelled by the newly built railways, and leading to a rediscovery of aspects of British history. The former abbeys of Scotland were a particular draw – with their sublime architecture fallen into dilapidation, they were a prime site for those travellers and artists with a Romantic taste for picturesque ruin, and evoked the pious Medieval Scotland that was the subject of many novels by Sir Walter Scott. The freshness and loose handling of the paintings in our collection would seem to confirm that they were made on the spot, and as such are direct witnesses to what they show.

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Product code: JH-904


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