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Summit Of The Furca Pass

Summit Of The Furca Pass

Photographer: Frith, Francis (1822 - 1898)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Cup.410.g.107

Item number: 12

Length: 12.2

Width: 16.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

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. The photographer also includes an Artist's Preface in the book which reflects on the "graphic power of the Author's descriptions' and 'the curious appropriateness of some of the views, not only for the illustration, but even for the confirmation of the text." Longfellow's fictional hero Paul Flemming "lay in utter solitude and silence on the rounded summit of one of the mountains of the Furca Pass, and gazed...at the glaciers and snowy mountain-peaks around him. Highest and whitest of all stood the peak of the Jungfrau, whihc seemed near him, though it rose afar off from the bosom of the Lauterbrunner Thal. There it stood, holy and high and pure, the bride of heaven, veiled and clothed in white, and lifting the thoughts of the beholder heavenward."

Text by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow from the novel 'Hyperion'

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