Production and Framing

Fenton/Tintern Abbey, England
This view of the Cistercian Abbey at Tintern near the Welsh border was taken by Roger Fenton, one of the foremost photographers of English landscapes. The melancholy beauty of the fragmentary architecture and idyllic setting appealed to the Romantic sensibilities of Victorian artists and writers. Founded in the twelfth century, Tintern was dissolved and despoiled in the sixteenth century, when its roofs were stripped for their lead. Centuries of neglect left little standing but the walls.

The Getty Research Institute, Research Library has other materials about Tintern Abbey as well.

For other photographs by Fenton in the J. Paul Getty Museum, see Roger Fenton: Pasha and Bayadère, by Gordon Baldwin.

Other prints by Roger Fenton are on display at the Clark Art Institute, and can be searched on the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

The Ruins of Tintern Abbey
are still standing.

The Abbey was already in ruins when Wordsworth memorialized it in the late 1700s.