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Oil painting - Bolton Abbey: Morning
  • Bolton Abbey: Morning
    Redgrave, Richard CB, RA, ARA, born 1804 - died 1888
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Bolton Abbey: Morning

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    1847 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Redgrave, Richard CB, RA, ARA, born 1804 - died 1888 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

  • Museum number:

    FA.172[O]

  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 122, case WN

Object Type
Oil paintings showing ancient ruins in a romantic setting appealed to an intense nostalgia for the Medieval past. Such works were widely commissioned and collected from the end of the 18th century and remained popular throughout the 19th century.

Subjects Depicted
Bolton Abbey, a ruined Priory by the River Wharfe in the West Riding of Yorkshire, is located in a picturesque setting of wild moorland, much admired by artists. Queen Victoria particularly admired this painting when she visited the National Gallery of British Art, part of the South Kensington Museum in 1858.

People
Henry Cole, the first Director of this Museum, persuaded the successful painter and designer Richard Redgrave (1804-1888) to join him at the newly regenerated Schools of Design (the ancestors of the Royal College of Art). Redgrave was appointed in 1847, becoming Headmaster in 1848. Eventually Redgrave became Inspector-General for Art in 1857. Redgrave continued to exhibit his work at the Royal Academy until 1883, and became Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures from 1857 until 1880. He catalogued most of the paintings in the Royal Collection.

Physical description

Oil on canvas depicting Bolton Abbey in Yorkshire

Place of Origin

Britain (painted)

Date

1847 (made)

Artist/maker

Redgrave, Richard CB, RA, ARA, born 1804 - died 1888 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Oil on canvas

Marks and inscriptions

'Richd Redgrave 1847'
Signed and dated by the artist on rock to left of centre foreground

Dimensions

Height: 31.7 cm, Width: 77.5 cm, Depth: 9.3 cm, Height: 58.3 cm framed, Width: 102 cm framed

Object history note

Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857. By Richard Redgrave CB, RA (born in London, 1804, died there in 1888)

Exhibited at the Royal Academy 1848

Descriptive line

Oil painting by Richard Redgrave entitled 'Bolton Abbey, Morning'. Great Britain, 1847.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, pp. 244-45

Labels and date

British Galleries:
Queen Victoria admired this painting when she visited the National Gallery of British Art, part of the South Kensington Museum. It belongs to the tradition of picturesque landscape painting, which appealed to the British public of the period. The subject was not intended to make any social comment, as did many other new paintings of the time. [27/03/2003]

Production Note

dated 1847

Materials

Oil paint; Canvas

Techniques

Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Abbeys; Landscapes

Categories

British Galleries; Paintings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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