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Santiago: the Cathedral from the south-west
  • David Roberts (1796 - 1864)
  • Santiago: the Cathedral from the south-west
  • England
  • 1837
  • Painting
  • Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour with varnish on paper
  • Image size: 24.8 x 39.9 cm
  • Signature: 'D. Roberts 1837'
    Inscription: 'P659' Written in pencil
  • P659
  • Not on display
Further Reading
  • Santiago de Compostela in Galicia owes its importance chiefly to an early Christian tomb, traditionally identified as that of Saint James the Greater, which has attracted pilgrims since the 10th century. The Cathedral was principally built in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, but the west front, shown in Roberts’s watercolour, was built in 1738-50 and the tall tower on the south side, the Torre de la Trinidad, dates largely from 1680. Roberts did not visit Santiago during his visit to Spain in 1832-3, and this watercolour is based on a drawing made in 1832 by the traveller and author Richard Ford (1796-1858).