Tolmen at Constantine, Cornwell

Tongue donated both these paintings to the Society in 1835.

The Pentre Ifan chambered tomb, in Pembrokeshire, dates from the Neolithic period. An impressive and atmospheric site, Pentre Ifan was the first monument in Wales to be scheduled as an ancient monument under the Ancient Monuments Protection Act of 1882

The Tolmen, or tol-maen in Cornish, meaning ‘hole of stone’, formerly stood in the parish of Constantine, a few miles from Falmouth, in Cornwall. Once thought that ancient worshippers used it for religious rites it was accepted as a natural formation by the second half of the nineteenth century. There was a considerable outcry in 1869 when the upper stone was dislodged by an explosion in a nearby quarry

Artist / Maker
Richard Tongue (1795-1873)
Oil on canvas
502 x 705mm
Burlington House