Tintern Abbey

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This aquatint recreation of William Gilpin's "Tintern Abbey" was published before Wordsworth composed "Lines," and thus before the Abbey became so strongly associated with personal reflection. Gilpin's sketch does not investigate any personal connection to the Abbey; indeed, Gilpin criticized the Abbey's shortcomings—he complained that "though the parts are beautiful, the whole is ill-shaped"—and exaggerated certain aspects of it to make the scene more picturesque (W. Gilpin, Observations 32).