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Study of Tewkesbury Abbey

A member of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and the Royal Academy, Cameron specialized in landscapes and architectural views. To achieve a greater sense of authenticity, he spent time traveling around the British countryside making on-the-spot sketches of buildings and church interiors, such as this study of Tewkesbury Abbey, a twelfth-century Benedictine church in west central England.

Cameron’s preparatory drawings resulted in more than five hundred prints. Although he is less well known today, Cameron was so highly regarded during his lifetime that he was knighted in 1924 and named the King’s Painter in Scotland in 1933.

Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art’s collection also includes the print for which this drawing was the study (Eskenazi Museum of Art 85.66.1).

David Young Cameron
Scottish, 1865–1945
Study of Tewkesbury Abbey
ca. 1915
Watercolor over graphite on paper
Image: 17 x 10 ¼ in. (43.2 x 26.0 cm); sheet: 18 ¼ x 11 ¼ in. (46.4 x 28.6 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 85.66.2