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North View of Canterbury

North View of Canterbury

Engraver: Lewis, FC

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: K.Top. XIV

Item number: 36h-3

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Canterbury cathedral was built in the Romanesque style by its Norman archbishop, Lanfranc. The major ecclesiastical seat in England, it was also an important pilgrimage shrine. The cathedral was richly decorated over the centuries. Travel-writer Celia Fiennes called it "the finest site [in Canterbury]", while Daniel Defoe described it as "a noble pile of a building indeed, and looks venerable and majestic at a distance, as well as when we come nearer".

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