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Newstead Abbey, cloisters f.94

Newstead Abbey, cloisters f.94

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15544

Item number: f.94

Genre: Manuscript

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".

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