Furness Abbey. Lancashire. Picturesque view beyond the ruin situated in a depression at distant mountains. Steel engraving by W. Henshall after David Cox (supposedly I, Birmingham 1783 – Harborne 1859). C. 1855. Inscribed: From an Original Drawing by D. Cox / Engraved by W. Henshall., otherwise as above. 5⅜ × 6 in (13.7 × 15.3 cm).

Founded by Benedictines in 1127 the abbey, situated five miles from Ulverston in northern Lancashire and furnished with rich estates, soon developed into the basic unit for further monasteries for the colonization of the Scottish border. Changed to the Cistercians in 1148, the abbey was dissolved in 1537.

Furness Abbey, Lancashire

„ Under the influence of J. M. W. Turner and Richard Parkes Bonington C.s colorfulness becomes brighter, his character more varied; the broad brush by Varley is lost for the sake of a mass of individual lines … In the ’30s frequent sketching travels through Lancashire, Yorkshire, and Derbyshire … C.s Windermere during the Regatta (1832; New Haven, Yale Center for Brit. Art) seems to be the attempt of an English version of the ‘Embarking to Cythera’ (Paris, Louvre) by Watteau ”

(Scott B. Wilcox, Allgemeines Künstler-Lexikon XXII, 1999, p. 74).

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