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Alnwick Abbey, gate sculpture

Alnwick Abbey, gate sculpture

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15542

Item number: f.161

Length: 183

Width: 262

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Manuscript

The Abbey was established in 1147 by Eustace Fitz-John for 21 canons of the Premonstratensian Order, which was founded by St Norbert in France in 1119. It once held two major relics: the chalice of Thomas of Canterbury and the toe of Simon de Montfort. By the 18th century the only building left standing was the 15th-century square-turreted and crenellated gatehouse.

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