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Colonnade Of Basaltic Pillars, Staffa

Colonnade Of Basaltic Pillars, Staffa

Photographer: Wilson, George Washington

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1867


Item number: 2

Length: 10

Width: 7.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"The Great Colonnade is a range of erect regular columns on the main coast, rising to the average height of 36 feet. It is formed of three distinct beds of rock of unequal thickness, inclined towards the east at an angle of nine degrees. The hexagonal and pentagonal forms are predominant, but they are intermixed with figures of several sides extending even to eight and nine in number. The Great Causeway lies along the side of the colonnade, and consists of tops of extensive series of broken columns, terminating in a projecting point at the eastern side of the great cave. Altogether, it is a

'.......................................................Fit school

For the presumptuous thoughts that would assign

Mechanic laws to agency divine;

And measuring heaven by earth would over-rule

Infinite power. The pillar'd vestibule

Expanding, yet precise, the roof embowed,

Might seem designed to humble man, when proud

Of his best workmanship by plan and tool.'

Down-bearing with his whole Atlantic weight

Of tide and tempest on the structure's base,

And flashing to that structure's topmost height,

Ocean has proved its strength, and if its grace

In calms is conscious, finding for its freight

Of softest music some responsive place.'


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

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