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Derwent-Water

Derwent-Water

Photographer: Ogle, Thomas

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1864

Shelfmark: 1347.f.21

Item number: 97

Length: 8.5

Width: 9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

View taken by Thomas Ogle of Derwent Water in Cumbria, illustrating 'Our English Lakes, Mountains, And Waterfalls, as seen by William Wordsworth' (1864). The book juxtaposes photographs of the Lake District with poems by the English Romantic poet. Derwent Water is situated near Keswick in the northern Lake District. Three miles long and up to a mile wide, its islands include St. Herbert’s Island, said to have been the 7th-century hermitage of St. Herbert, a friend of St. Cuthbert. Wordsworth (1770-1850) made his home in the Lake District and was much inspired by the beauty of the landscape. In his travel book ‘Guide to the Lakes’ (published in five editions between 1810 and 1835), he wrote: “Derwent is distinguished from all the other Lakes by being surrounded with sublimity: the fantastic mountains of Borrowdale to the south, the solitary majesty of Skiddaw to the north, the bold steeps of Wallow-crag and Lodore to the east, and to the west the clustering mountains of New-lands.”

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