9th. 10th. & 11th. Windows North Aisle

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The illustrations of John White and F. Mackenzie that accompany Combe’s Westminster Abbey construct its building, structure, and monuments as not only architecture but as art, almost as a gallery to tour. The intricate illustrations, combined with detailed accounts of the history and architecture as well as the description and quotation of monuments, act as a guidebook. A wide variety of spectators look at and discuss the Abbey’s monuments: men and women, working class, professionals, religious men, as well as a traveler. Thus, within one work and at one site, different ways of interaction are portrayed: viewing the spectacle of the grand architecture or the personal monuments, studying the art of the Abbey, conversing with other spectators, or reading Combe’s Westminster Abbey instead.