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Photographer: Wilson, George Washington

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1867

Shelfmark: 10370.cc35

Item number: 9

Length: 10

Width: 7.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"Standing on the point from which this view is taken, looking across the bed of the Foyers, over the waters of Loch Ness, the visitor sees before him this gigantic mountain. Its description by Shirley Brooks may be aptly quoted here - 'One object dominated all - a huge and uncouth mountain in solitary savageness, upheaved its bulk against the blue sky, and looked monumental and defiant; and, though the noonday sun forbade it to scowl in shadow, perhaps its stern sides were the more striking from their being lighted out, and forced into brightness, like a cynical man, compelled to smile upon society, but waiting to indemnify himself when the social period shall be over.'

The road which skirts the base of this mountain is one of extensive beauty. It generally proceeds at a considerable elevation above the lake, through luxuriant overhanging woods, where the intermixture of oak and ash, with birch and alder, adds much to the richness and tone of colouring. It is, in part, overhung by the fantastic branches of the yet youthful oak, while the stately ash, rooted in the steep declivities below, shoots up its tall, straight, perpendicular stem, and, with its scattered foliage, slightly screens the glassy lake; while the airy birch droops its pensile twigs round its silvery trunk, 'like the dishevelled tresses of some regal fair.'"

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

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