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Richard Tongue of Bath, a self-taught amateur artist with an interest in prehistoric monuments, first came to the Museum’s notice when in 1834 he presented plaster models of prehistoric sites in Cornwall and Wales. Subsequently he donated three paintings, of which this is one. After arguments about their display and care, since Tongue considered that they should be placed so as to depict changes in the light, and on the demolition of the Cast Room in 1843, the ‘Tolmen at Constantine, Cornwall’ was in December retrieved by the artist and has subsequently disappeared. Two, ‘Stonehenge from the West-South-West’ (noon) and ‘The Double Cromlech at Plas Newydd, Anglesey’ (morning), remain in the possession of the Museum, but small copies of the three are owned by the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly.
Stonehenge from the West-South-West
oil on canvas
H 180 x W 240 cm
gift from the artist, 1837; on loan to the Society of Antiquaries, since 2005