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Falls Of Dhivach

Falls Of Dhivach

Photographer: Wilson, George Washington

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1867

Shelfmark: 10370.cc35

Item number: 11

Length: 10

Width: 7.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"The Falls of Dhivach are about one-and-a-half miles distant from the village of Drumnadrochit. They descend from the flank of Mealfourvounie into a deep gorge, fringed with birch and copsewood. 'Vast masses of rock are cast about amid the whirl, and against their bases the waters might be thought to be making desperate efforts to remove the obstruction, before abandoning the fruitless task and hurrying on. The sides are lofty, and present walls of naked grey rock, save that here and there a fissure or a projection has permitted moss to cling; and high, again, above these stern walls, trees have taken savage hold, as they might, and have grown defyingly in fantastic attitudes - some leaning over, as gazing down into the waters below - some backwards, as if they feared to look over. Behind the cataract, the stone, where it could be seen, is black, but to right and left, reckless of the furious rush close by, a few flowers cling, at various heights, upon the earth that has been carried over the fall and has become fixed.' - From 'Sooner or Later.' by Shirley Brooks.

Immediately above the Falls, there is a romantic cottage, which was occupied during the summer months by the late John Phillip, Esq., the Royal Academician, better known among his compeers by the name of Phillip of Spain, from his paintings latterly being Spanish subjects. He died in London, on Wednesday, 27th February, 1867, regretted by every lover of true art."

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

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