With the page turned horizontally, Whitby Abbey is prominent in the centre of this view, with the parish church of St Mary visible to the left. The Abbey was founded in the mid–seventh century by Oswy, King of Northumbria, with St Hilda as Abbess. It was rebuilt following its reconstitution in the twelfth century, and its much–weathered ruins high on the cliff above the town remain a landmark.
This sketch, and those on the following pages, folios 7 recto, 8 recto and 9 recto (D02470, D02471, D02473), may have been used as the basis for a watercolour view of Whitby executed for the series known as ‘Holloway’s Continuation of the England and Wales’;1 an engraving was planned, which is known only from a progress proof, open etching (R.312).2
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