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Lincoln Cathedral, from the west

Lincoln Cathedral, from the west

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1784

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15541

Item number: f.65

Length: 18.5

Width: 26.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

A west view in ink of Lincoln Cathedral, taken from the corner of the castle. Along with the lower parts of the west towers, this facade is the only surviving piece of the Norman-era cathedral. It has been considerably altered over the years. The central recess was was made taller in the 13th century, while the great recesses on either side had been given large, richly decorated doorways by Alexander, the third bishop of Durham, the century before. Alexander's main embellishment was a carved Romanesque frieze extending the whole width of the facade. It was probably added after the great fire of 1141. Most of the Norman-era cathedral was destroyed in the earthquake of 1185, but the west side was mostly unscathed. The frieze survives in part, but much of it was removed and destroyed during the Reformation of the 1530s.

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