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Bath Abbey, West End f.96

Bath Abbey, West End f.96

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1788

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15546

Item number: f.96

Length: 26.5

Width: 18.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

An elevation of the west end of Bath Abbey in Somerset. The curious tower on the west front is decorated with a ladder of angels climbing up and down from earth to heaven. Abbey Church, Bath was founded in 1499 by Oliver King, Bishop of Bath. His masons were Robert and William Vertue who were also the King's masons. Bath Abbey is one of the few great late Perpendicular medieval churches to be built in their original design without being later altered. This is due to the dissolution of the monastery in the 1530s, whereupon the building stopped and the church was offered for sale to citizens of Bath for use as a parish church. Eventually the Abbey, stripped of its lead and glass was given to the city, free in 1572.

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