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Melrose Abbey, From The East

Melrose Abbey, From The East

Photographer: Wilson, George Washington

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868


Item number: 2

Length: 10.5

Width: 7.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

The east end of this Abbey is composed of the choir, with a small aisle on each side. This part is lighted by three large windows towards the east, and two smaller ones in the aisle. On each side of the east window are niches for statues, curiously carved, with canopies and pedestals of very rich and peculiar work. Below some of the brackets are figures of men - some with crossed legs, others leaning on one knee; and at the top are seen the effigies of an old man sitting with a globe in his left hand and a young man at his right, while overhanging both is and open crown. But,

'If thou wouldst view fair Melrose aright,

Go visit it by the pale moonlight;

When the broken arches are black in night,

And each shafted oriel glimmers white;

Then go - but go alone.'

Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of English and Scottish Scenery' by G W Wilson

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