Artist: Buckler, Charles Alban
View, in watercolour of the ruins of Tintern Abbey by Charles Alban Buckler 'after Nicholson'. Founded in AD1131 by Walter de Clare, Tintern was to become the wealthiest abbey in Wales, owning many estates. The monastic buildings were not finished until the 1340s. After the house was dissolved in the 16th century, the abbey fell into disrepair and gradually became the romantic ruin so admired by travellers. William Coxe noted around 1801 that the abbey's situation near the River Wye gave it "a pleasing intermixture of wildness and culture, and temper[ed] the gloom of monastic solitude with the beauties of nature". It also inspired many topographical artists during the 18th and 19th centuries.