William COLLINGWOOD-SMITH RWS.
British 1815 – 1887
Ruins of Whitby Abbey
Watercolours with whitening on paper. Signed & titled 'Collingwood-Smith Whitby' (Bottom Left) 19 ¼ x 13" Double matted, glazed, gilt-wood Frame:24 ¾ x 18¼"
444 Ref. 129 JR2 /RNN/ v.andl >GAL PRICE CODE C
A seated, barefoot, elderly monk reads from a religious text as he leans against the ruined wall of the once hallowed ground of Whitby Abbey. The Benedictine Abbey was the site of the great Synod of Whitby in AD.664, its graceful buildings were dissolved in 1540 during the reign of Henry VIII. The Abbey was rendered famous by Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel ‘Dracula’, As the location where Dracula (in Chapter 7) came ashore as a large dog and climbed the 199 steps to the ruins described in the previous chapter. This is a fine depiction by a master artist, with clever use of whitening to highlight the well captured architectural perspective of the beautiful medieval stone masonry arches.