An original mid-19th-century watercolour painting, West Front, Kelso Abbey.
A dramatic watercolour painting showing the West front at Kelso Abbey.
Unsigned. The painting is accompanied by a separate fragment of paper with the inscription 'Kelso W. front'.
In good condition for its age. There are paper remnants to the corners verso from historically being laid down.
24.8cm x 35.3cm.
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-912