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Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis

Photographer: Wilson, George Washington

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1867

Shelfmark: 10370.cc35

Item number: 6

Length: 10

Width: 7.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"This gigantic mountain, the highest in the British Isles, has an altitude of 4368 feet above the level of the sea, and is said to e at least 24 miles in circumference at its base. There are two ascents on its northern front, but the best and most common is from Inverlochy Castle, across a moorish piece of ground leading to a small loch, from which there are indications of a path to the top. At an elevation of 1700 feet vegetation ceases, and huge black rocks shoot up through the granitic masses which compose the upper cone of the mountain. Having gained the summit, the tourist finds himself on the brink of a tremendous precipice, in the crevices of which lies perpetual snow. To grasp at once the leading features of Highland scenery, a better height could not be chosen. None other rises more majestically above the surrounding hills, or looks over a wider sweep of mountain and moor, glen and corry, lake and firth, far away to the islands that lie amid the Western Sea. Above is the vast dome of the aerial sky; no sound greets the ear, save now and then a fitful moaning of the wind among the snow rifts of the dark precipice below. The summit itself is utterly bare, and presents a most extraordinary and unexpected sight. If any one is desirous to see how the world looked on the first day of the creation, let him come hither."

Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of English and Scottish Scenery' by G W Wilson

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