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Lochnagar

Lochnagar

Photographer: Wilson, George Washington

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1866

Shelfmark: 10370.cc.35

Item number: 9

Length: 10.2

Width: 7.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"At an altitude of about 3,800 feet above the level of the sea, Lochnagar sits queen of the Deeside mountains, commanding a very extensive and most gorgeous view. A deep dark loch lies to the north-east, and facing the loch are those fearful precipices of fifteen hundred feet that form the half circle where the perpetual snow is stored through all seasons of the year. The glance downwards to the deep dark tarn at the bottom of these rocks is terrific. The precipices stand out perpendicular at the top, having no graduated fall, but the foot is brought at once to the edge of an awful chasm.

Such fissures and cliffs give to the mountain that peculiar blue tinge by which it is always characterized, and which Byron refers to when he sings -

'Oh, for the crags that are wild and majestic -

The steep frowning glories of dark Lochnagar.'"

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

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