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The view shown in this painting is one of the classic views of the abbey, enjoyed still by modern day visitors. The priory church is viewed from the South West, from the outer court, affording a view of the harbour and Lindisfarne Castle beyond. This view also shows that the South wall of the crossing tower was still standing in 1800 before eventual collapse sometime by 1814.

This drawing is one of several made in and around St Cuthbert's Priory, the majority of which are undated.

English Heritage, Lindisfarne Priory



View of St Cuthbert's, Holy Island, Northumberland




pencil & watercolour on paper


H 58.7 x W 48.5 cm

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Signature/marks description

Girtin 1800 (lower left)

Inscription description

Holy Island, St Cuthbert, Cathedral/ for Mr Tomkinson/ Mr Reynolds I will thank you to send it (verso).


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