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St Davids, S Wales

Albert Goodwin (1845-1932)


Signed and inscribed with title
Enclosed within an ink border

Ink with pencil and bodycolour on tinted paper

9 ½ x 11 ½ inches

'Chris Beetles Summer Show 2024', Chris Beetles Gallery, London, June-September 2024, no 46

Preliminary drawing for ‘St. Davids’, exhibited in the Royal Society of Painters in Water-Colours, Winter 1889, no 343 and illustrated in Albert Goodwin RWS, 1845-1932, London: Chris Beetles Ltd, 1986, Limited Edition of 1000, plate 38.

The ruins of St Davids Bishops Palace, Pembrokeshire, are sited on the opposite bank of the river Alun (seen in the foreground) to St Davids Cathedral. The original monastery was established by St David in the 6th century and for the next 400 years was subjected to regular attacks by Norse raiders. In the 11th century the Normans undertook extensive ecclesiastical building work including many defensive walls. Successive bishops added to the Palace and the ruins depicted are largely from the late 13th and 14th centuries.

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