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Buildwas Abbey, a Cistercian foundation (originally for the Order of Savigny), was built in the mid-twelfth century; in its pastoral setting near the River Severn it was a subject popular with Picturesque topographers in the later eighteenth century; Paul Sandby (c.1730–1809) and Michael ‘Angelo’ Rooker (1746–1801), among others, recorded it. Turner made a different view of the interior of the ruins in about 1798 (Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester),1 and a smaller watercolour of Buildwas was at Christie’s in 1862.2
There is a blue paint smear at the lower right.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.