View at Tintern on the River Wye
Engraver: Jukes, Francis
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
Tintern was the wealthiest abbey in Wales, owning many estates. Most of the estates' inhabitants would have worked for the abbey. By the 18th century, its social makeup was a mixture of impoverished local people and wealthy tourists, existing side by side. William Coxe, a clergyman who visited Tintern around1801, wrote of reaching the abbey after "passing a miserable row of cottages, and forcing our way through a crowd of importunate beggars".