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

178 - South-east view of St Magnus’ Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney

1818

Unknown Artist

From the collection

Title

178 - South-east view of St Magnus’ Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney

Date

1818

Description

This drawing, although unsigned, is dated 1818 and it is one of seven views of the Cathedral held in the Hutton Drawings. The ruins of the Earl's Palace are on the left. Today the modern town centre surrounds both these buildings and the panorama is very different. Rognvald the Earl of Norway founded St Magnus’ Cathedral, the most northern in Great Britain, in 1137. It commemorates the Earl's uncle, Magnus, who had died a martyr in 1117. It stood on a prime piece of shore land, just as much of Kirkwall now sits on reclaimed land, and was an expression of the new Earl’s power. Rognvald, a usurper to his title, attempted to use the building to win support amongst Orkney’s aristocracy.

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

More details about the album and its contents can be found on the collection website.

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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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