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View at Tintern on the River Wye

View at Tintern on the River Wye

Engraver: Jukes, Francis

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: Ktop XXXI

Item number: 16-a

Genre: Topographical Print

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".

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