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Pass Of Glencoe

Pass Of Glencoe

Photographer: Wilson, George Washington

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1867

Shelfmark: 10370.cc35

Item number: 4

Length: 10

Width: 7.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"The cluster of precipitous mountains, whose rugged summits impart such wilderness to the scene, have been aptly called the Alps of Glencoe.

Perhaps this may be considered one of the grandest of the Highland Glens, inasmuch as its character is different from most, if not all, others. Glencoe is a crowd of mountains heaped in confusion upon each other, so that instead of passing along a valley with high precipices on either side, as in most other glens, one mountain succeeds another, and rises with intense steepness to a great height. The part represented in our view is a good specimen, where

'Alpine masses stretch, and heavy clouds

Cleave round their brows, concealing with their shrouds

Bleak, barren rocks, unthawed by summer's smile.'

Such is the leading character of the upper part of the glen where the mountains are of a greater height, and the scenery of a wilder nature than in its lower end."

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

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