Drachenfels, And The Siebengebirg, From Rolandseck
Photographer: Frith, Francis (1822 - 1898)
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph by Francis Frith illustrating a scene from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's novel Hyperion. Paul Flemming, Longfellow's fictional hero, "had passed a sleepless night at Rolandseck, and had risen before daybreak. He opened a window of the balcony to hear the rushing of the Rhine...The day dawned slowly; and, in the mingling of daylight and starlight, the island and cloister of Nonnenwerth made together but one broad dark shadow on the silver breast of the river. Beyond rose the summits of the Siebengebirg. Solemn and dark, like a monk, stood the Drachenfels, in his hood of mist, and rearward extended the Curtain of Mountains, back to the Wolkenburgh - the Castle of the Clouds."
Text by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow from his novel 'Hyperion'