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By 1768 the spectacular ruins of Fountain Abbey had been incorporated into the Studley Royal estate as replanned by William Aislabi. The famous Yorkshire Picturesque garden still possesses one of the last Green Gardens. However, it is the undercroft that has particularly inspired the artist, reminding one of the passion such sinister remains aroused, particularly amongst women such as Mary Shelley, whose spooky novel Frankenstein has a witty counterpart in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, underlining the darker aspects of the worship of ruins. This magnificent vaulted space, was used as both the west range of the cloister and served as a cellarium with the lay brothers' dormitory range. The artist, possibly related to the famous author of pattern books, has contrived to make the locals seem more unwarranted interlopers by heightening the effects of light and shade. It is now amongst the finest and best-preserved ruins of its type in Europe and is in the care of English Heritage.
|Height||419.00 mm||(16.50 inches)|
|Width||559.00 mm||(22.01 inches)|