'A Vista, Furness Abbey', 1860.
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Photograph by Roger Fenton (1819-1869) of an archway at Furness Abbey, Cumbria. A girl can be seen silhouetted in the archway. Fenton often placed people within his landscape and architectural photographs as they provided a sense of scale and narrative. Furness Abbey was founded by 1127 and became a Cistercian Abbey in 1150. At its peak, Furness was one of the richest monasteries in England, second only to Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire. Roger Fenton was a founding member of the Royal Photographic Society and one of the most influential photographers of the 1850s. He is best known as one of the first war photographers, from his work in the Crimea in 1855. He also photographed many popular tourist attractions and beauty spots.