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Inside View of Melross Abbey 92.d

Inside View of Melross Abbey 92.d

Artist: Sarjent, Francis James

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1811

Shelfmark: Ktop L

Item number: 92.d

Genre: Topographical Print

View of Melrose Abbey in Scotland. Melrose Abbey was founded by King David I in 1136. In addition to their monastic life the community of Cistercian monks worked on the land – they implemented new farming techniques to produce vegetables and sold wool from their sheep across Europe, thus ensuring the economic prosperity of the Abbey. In addition Melrose was granted generous endowments and rights and became one of the wealthiest medieval monasteries in Scotland. However because of its vulnerable position close to the English border, it suffered greatly in times of unrest and the Abbey’s complex of buildings were actually destroyed by Richard II’s English troops in the 14th century. They were slowly rebuilt and the remains of this newer church are depicted in this print.

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