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Interior of the West doorway, Glastonbury Abbey Aug 9th1848

Interior of the West doorway, Glastonbury Abbey Aug 9th1848

Artist: Buckler

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1848

Shelfmark: Additional MS 36426

Item number: f31

Length: 18.1

Width: 26.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

View of a west doorway at Glastonbury Abbey in Somerset. Glastonbury Abbey was one of the largest and the most wealthy of English medieval abbeys. Its income as a landowner was similar to that of Westminster Abbey. It was also famed as the burial place of King Arthur and inspired many other legends. There was a long established monastic community here since Anglo-Saxon times. In 1184, after a disastrous fire, the abbey church was started to be rebuilt,a process which would take several hundred years. It was rebuilt in the Norman Romanesque and early Gothic style. The life of this powerful institution came to am abrupt end when it was dissolved in 1539, when the Abbot was executed on nearby Glastonbury Tor. Afterwards it became a atmospheric and inspiring ruin.

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