George Cuitt

(England 1779 – 1854)

Fountains Abbey (west window and tower)

Location
Not on display
Further information

Cuitt’s architectural depictions have a dramatic, if not overblown, quality compared to those of his contemporaries. Ruined abbeys were a favourite motif of romantic artists, none more so than Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire which became an obligatory stop on any northern picturesque tour. Ruins were considered more picturesque when partly hidden so that their beauties came as a surprise when discovered from different aspects. Their purpose was to arouse an emotional response in the viewer and to conjure up moods and associations rather than to record medieval sites precisely.

Year
1822
Media
Print
Medium
etching
Dimensions
29.8 x 26.8 cm sheet
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1954
Accession number
9107