months in Spain, January through March 1865, took him to many sites
that had been damaged in recent civil disturbances and conflicts
with France. He seems to have had several goals in mind on his Spanish
tour. Baynes drawings and notebook entries about the damaged
state of Lerida Cathedral, Veruela Monastery and Poblet Convent
show his concern that he believed these monuments were in danger
of being destroyed by warfare and neglect.
In Leon, he recorded
the stained glass windows. His brother, Robert Turnill Bayne was
a glazier in England, and this may have influenced Baynes
choice of subject here.
In addition to the
many Gothic and Romanesque monuments, Bayne also sketched Moorish
architectural monuments and decorative details in Seville, Granada,