“View of the Ruins of the Cloister, the Belfry of St Mary’s Church and the Vicarage, Tilty” by Kenneth Rowntree – Tilty Abbey, Tilty, Essex, UK
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N 51° 54.946 E 000° 19.522
31U E 316056 N 5755050
Quick Description: A painting of the ruins of Tilty Abbey painted South of the ruins, looking towards St Mary’s Church in the distance.
Location: Eastern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 11/6/2014 9:49:49 AM
Waymark Code: WMMV2F
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
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Long Description:
Kenneth Rowntree was born into a Quaker family in Scarborough in 1915. He was educated at Bootham School, York and trained at the Ruskin School of Drawing and the Slade School of Fine Art. In the post war period he taught painting at the Royal College of Art. By 1959 he was appointed Professor of Fine Art at Newcastle University. He had five one man exhibitions in London between 1946 and 1970.

Between 1940 and 1943 the Government commissioned 60 artists, including Kenneth Rowntree, to record the face of Britain. Recording Britain succeeded in cataloguing significant places in 36 counties of England and Wales. Rowntree was active in Bedfordshire, Essex, Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Wales. From 1942 to 1949 Rowntree lived in Great Bardfield and became part of the Great Bardfield group of artists, along with Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious.

In the post war period Rowntree collaborated with Clough and Ellis on the Vision of England Series, Rowntree illustrating the volumes on Norfolk and the Isle of Wight. In 1951 he painted murals for the Festival of Britain.

Today the ruins of the abbey are no longer fenced off and many of the trees in front of the church have disappeared. The watercolour painting is in the V& A collection of Recording Britain, and is dated to 1942.
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Artist: Kenneth Rowntree

Date of Painting: 1/1/1942

Date of Your Photograph: 11/6/2014

Medium of Painting: Watercolour

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