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Watercolour - Rievaulx Abbey, Yorkshire
  • Rievaulx Abbey, Yorkshire
    Girtin, Thomas, born 1775 - died 1802
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Rievaulx Abbey, Yorkshire

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    1798 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Girtin, Thomas, born 1775 - died 1802 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room WS, case EXP

Thomas Girtin (1775-1802) achieved much as an artist during his short life. Like so many painters of the ‘Romantic’ period, he often chose to depict ruined abbeys and castles. Here he draws the architecture of the abbey in an accurate but lively manner. The figure examining the building on the right introduces a human element.

Monks of the Cistercian order founded the monastery of Rievaulx in the 12th century. The Cistercians chose isolated sites close to water to carry out their life of prayer and work. Rievaulx fell into ruin after Henry VIII (ruled 1509-1547) closed down the monasteries.

Physical description

Watercolour of the exterior of Rievaulx Abbey in Yorkshire

Place of Origin

England (painted)


1798 (painted)


Girtin, Thomas, born 1775 - died 1802 (artist)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 41.9 cm, Width: 55.3 cm, Height: 64 cm Mount, Width: 87 cm Mount

Descriptive line

Watercolour by Thomas Girtin entitled 'Rievaulx Abbey, Yorkshire'. Great Britain, 1798.


Paper; Watercolour



Subjects depicted

Landscape; Romanticism; Abbey; Ruins


Drawings; Paintings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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