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David Roberts (1796-1864)

Ruins of the Abbey of Holyrood dated 1823

RCIN 919572

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Roberts worked as a theatrical scene painter before he established himself as a landscape artist. This watercolour shows the west front of Holyrood Abbey, where it joins the north side of the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Founded in 1128 by David I of Scotland, the Abbey suffered much damage over the centuries and the picturesque remains inspired artists and writers in the nineteenth century. Probably acquired by Queen Victoria