15 June 2001
Anthony Vandyke Copley Fielding (1787-1855)
Distant view of Rievaulx Abbey, near Helmsley, Yorkshire
signed and dated 'Copley Fielding 1842' (lower right) and with inscription 'No 2 Distant view of Rievaulx Abbey/near Helmsley Yorks./Copley Fielding/Liverpool' (on an old label attached to the reverse)
oil on panel
13¾ x 17½ in. (35 x 44.5 cm.)
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Rievaulx Abbey, was a Cistercian foundation dating from 1230 and is one of England's most impressive ruins. The picturesque charms of the site captured the imagination of many artists of Fielding's generation, including Turner.
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