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This painting shows the west view of the interior of Rotherham Parish Church. Another of Cowen’s paintings, 'Chapel in the Oak', is on display at Clifton Park Museum, and has a very similar composition where the viewers’ eye is drawn through the picture to the light at the centre of the painting. From humble beginnings Cowen became a drawing master in Sheffield. Here he attracted the attention of Charles William Wentworth, 3rd Earl Fitzwilliam.

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oil on canvas


H 104 x W 138 cm

Accession number

ROTMG : OP.1977.2

Acquisition method

gift from Mr W. Booth, 1893

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