Art Fund helps to bring important Glastonbury Abbey painting to Somerset

  • 17 July 2007

Somerset County Museum has acquired George Arnald's unique painting of the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, thanks to a substantial grant from The Art Fund

The work, which cost £24,700 at auction at Christie’s in London, was purchased with a grant of £10,393 from The Art Fund, and a further grant from the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund. It is one of the best known images of the Abbey, completed around 1810 by one of England’s most talented early 19th century artists. The painting illustrates a romanticised view of the ruins enveloped in a striking and dramatic storm.

David Barrie, Director of The Art Fund, said: “Arnald’s painting of Glastonbury Abbey under a stormy sky brilliantly captures the wild and romantic nature of the ruins that fascinated so many artists. It’s a spectacular work, and has found the perfect home at the Somerset County Museum.”

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