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Welbeck Abbey at the time of James II

Welbeck Abbey at the time of James II

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15545

Item number: f.66

Length: 35.5

Width: 48.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

Grimm copied this view of Welbeck Abbey from an old drawing, apparently from the time of King James II (r. 1685-1688). After the Dissolution of the Monasteries brought about by Henry VIII in 1539, the abbey passed to the Duke of Portland. The house is situated in the centre of the vast 3000 acre estate and was remodelled by the architect Robert Smythson at the beginning of the 17th century. Subsequent Dukes also made renovations to the house and gardens over succeeding centuries.

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