Courtesy of National Library of Scotland | Licence: CC BY 4.0
Courtesy of National Library of Scotland | Licence: CC BY 4.0

177b - Elevations of St Magnus’ Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney

1789

Unknown Artist

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Title

177b - Elevations of St Magnus’ Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney

Date

1789

Description

These elevations are depictions of the cathedral of St Magnus on Orkney. Although they have no draughtsman’s name attached, James Stewart communicated them to Hutton in 1789. There are a further seven views of the Abbey held in the Hutton Drawings. Work on the Cathedral started in 1137, the project being an attempt to win the islanders over. Earl Rognvald the patron had usurped the title from Earl Paul and had him killed on the mainland in Caithness. Rognvald's had already spent most of his finances on his campaign and so the building work progressed slowly. Eventually he had to yield some of his rights to Orkney's tenant farmers, in return for payment. This allowed the work to be completed.

Collective title: Hutton Drawings > [Volume 2] > Orkney

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Location

St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Scotland

Country

Continent

Location Accuracy

Pinpoint

Credits

Image Credit

Courtesy of National Library of Scotland

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