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View of Fonthill Abbey
  • Robert Gibb
    born: Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom ; died: Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • View of Fonthill Abbey, circa 1826
  • Where object was made: England, United Kingdom
  • oil on panel
  • Canvas/Support: 28.8 x 40 cm
    Canvas/Support: 11 1/4 x 15 11/16 in
  • Museum purchase
  • On view: Loo Gallery, 401, E3
  • 1954.0335
Label Text

The painting shows a southwest view of an abbey (identified as Fonthill Abbey, England) with a tall central tower and the grounds from a slightly elevated viewpoint (identified as Beacon Terrace). Two figures appear in right foreground. One is swinging a pickaxe while the other, wearing a hat, leans on a shovel. Foliage frames both sides of the composition. The horizon line is in the middle of the scene with rolling hills and trees. There is sky in the background.