Frederick Mackenzie The South Ambulatory, Westminster Abbey 1811

Artwork details

Artist
Frederick Mackenzie 1787–1854
Title
The South Ambulatory, Westminster Abbey
Date 1811
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 784 x 616 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Leonard James Penna 1980
Reference
T03034
Not on display

Display caption

This view was painted nearly forty years after William Blake first went to Westminster Abbey for James Basire. Then he drew the mediaeval monuments of kings and queens 'in every point he could catch, frequently standing on the monument and viewing the figures from the top'. In the left foreground of this watercolour is the canopied tomb of Queen Philippa of Hainault, much as Blake knew it in about 1774 when he drew his 'Portrait of Queen Philippa'. His later engraving after this is no.10 in this display. The railings round the tomb were removed in the 1820s.

August 2004

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