Turner is one of my favorite painters and I have an extreme fondness for gothic architecture.
I have spent only a few days in the English countryside, not enough time to visit any abandoned monasteries. The stories are fascinating.
Tintern Abbey was surrendered to King Henry VIII’s visitors on September 3, 1536, during the first round in Henry’s suppression of monasteries. A few months later, the buildings and local possessions were granted to Henry Somerset, earl of Worcester. He sold the lead from the roof and the decay began. Tintern was forgotten until the late 18th century, when the ruins were discovered by Romantic artists and poets in search of the sublime and picturesque.
Turner’s paintings are indeed sublime.