Fonthill Abbey, Wiltshire: the convent in ruins

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RIBApix 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 / B&W Black and white
Credit RIBA Collections
Notes 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.

Subject tags

garden buildings, country houses, follies