Rievaulx Abbey, about twenty miles
north of York, was a Cistercian monastery founded in 1132. The towering ruins of
the abbey are among the most impressive in England.
In this view Turner has placed the abbey
in the middle-distance. His interest
in the architecture is equalled by his attention to the surrounding landscape and human activity in the foreground.
A similar view of Rievaulx Abbey is
used in an earlier engraving series, the Picturesque Views in England and Wales.