A hand painted and glazed tile, predominantly in brown and cream tones with additional pale blue, featuring a ruined abbey - possibly Egglestone - on the bank of a river. Trees, a stony outcrop, a shoreline, two figures and distant hills complete the setting. The tile surface is lightly textured giving a canvas like effect. Condition: minor rubbing to the decoration; minor surface wear; nothing further found. Late 19th century, signed bottom right "W.Yale". About the artist: born in Newport, Shropshire in 1843, William (Billy) Yale worked as a painter for Copeland from circa 1869-83, where he specialised in marine views and winter scenes. On leaving Copeland, he started his own studio as a 'Tile and Slab Decorator' in Stoke-on-Trent, buying in blanks from local potteries and firing them in his own kiln. Framed ready for hanging. Height 33.5cm/13.25in, width 18.5cm/7.25in, depth 1.8cm/0.75in.