Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds.

Michael Angelo Rooker, 1779 before; finished

WAG 8153

About this object

There was a strong interest in architecture and ruins in 18th-century England. Rooker, a pupil of Paul Sandby (1731 - 1801), was employed as an engraver to produce illustrations for books of architectural and antiquarian views which catered to this fashion. He was also a watercolour painter and he frequently made engravings of his own watercolours.

Rooker has drawn the building in great detail in ink in this watercolour and then applied delicate washes of colour to produce what is known as a tinted drawing.

He exhibited a view of Kirkstall Abbey at the Royal Academy in 1776 which may be this or a similar work. This watercolour was certainly made before 27th January 1779 when the tower fell down.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Michael Angelo Rooker (British: English, born:1946, died:3 March 1801)
  • Date
    1779 before; finished
  • Materials
    Pen; Ink; Watercolour; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 27.5 cm x 42.5 cm
  • Physical description
    Aview of Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds with two figures and two cows in front. Hills and trees in the distance.
  • Related people
    Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire (Previous owner); Michael Angelo Rooker (Artist/maker); Spink and Son (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 8153
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by C F J Beausire in 1972
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

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Publications

  • English Watercolours in the Collection of C F J Beausire

    Edward Morris

    Author: Edward Morris
    Publisher: Walker Art Gallery, Printed by Elliot Bros. & Yeoman Ltd.
    Date: 1970
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Ownership

Previous owners

  • Spink and Son

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1972-07
    Disposal method: Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery

Inscriptions

Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: M A Rooker del
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  • Inscription text: P/1361
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    Inscription location: Backboard
  • Inscription text: P1357 x 1707 Spink
    Inscription method: Stuck down
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    Inscription location: Mount
Object view = Fine Art
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