Photographer: Frith, Francis (1822 - 1898)
Medium: Photographic print
British travelling photographer and publisher of continental views Francis Frith spent 6 weeks following the course of the Rhine and stopping at tourist sites in Switzerland, Austria and Germany. His photographs illustrate scenes from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's novel Hyperion. Longfellow's fictional hero Paul Flemming journeys "up the Rhine, in the mists and solitude of December...You have the whole road to yourself. Nobody is on the wing - hardly a single traveller. The ruins are the same; and the river, and the outlines of the hills; and there are few living figures in the landscape to wake you from your musings, distract your thoughts, and cover you with dust.
Thus, likewise, thought our traveller, as he continued his journey on the morrow. The day is overcast, and the clouds threaten rain or snow. Why does he stop at the little village of Capellen? Because, right above him on the high cliff, the glorious ruin of Stolzenfels is looking at him with its hollow eyes, and beckoning to him with its gigantic finger, as if to say, 'Come up hither, and I will tell an old tale...'"
Text by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow from the novel 'Hyperion'