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Fonthill Abbey, Wiltshire: the convent in ruins

RIBA Ref No RIBA17645
Architect/DesignerWyatt, James (1746-1813)
Artist/PhotographerHigham, Thomas (1796-1844)
CountryUK: England
CityFonthill Gifford
Subject Date1791
Image Date1823
ViewExterior
StyleGothic Revival
MediumPrint
Library ReferenceEW E.f.493
OrientationLandscape
Colour InfoBlack and white
CreditRIBA Collections
SubjectFollies ; Garden buildings ; Country houses
SOURCE: John Rutter. Delineations of Fonthill and its abbey (London, 1823), p. 108 NOTES: Beckford engaged Wyatt to design a pleasure house and retreat in the grounds of Fonthill Park in the form of 'a convent in ruins'. The building was rapidly completed, in timber and plaster, but soon deteriorated, only to be replanned on a much larger scale with more permanent materials.
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