Newstead Abbey, cloisters f.94
Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus
Medium: Ink wash on paper
In 1814 Lord Byron ordered his butler to have the abbey's cloisters dug up in a vain attempt to unearth buried treasure. Whether the great Romantic poet was suffering from a fit of mania, or was simply resorting to desperate measures to alleviate his worsening financial situation is uncertain. The abbey, in its previous monastic life, could well have been a wealthy institution. However, his efforts yielded "nothing but stone coffins full of bones".