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St Wolfgang

St Wolfgang

Photographer: Frith, Francis (1822 - 1898)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Cup.410.g.107

Item number: 22

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 River Rhine through Switzerland, Austria and Germany. His photographs illustrate scenes from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's novel 'Hyperion,' in which Paul Flemming is the fictional hero.

In the Artist's Preface of the book Frith writes:"We are not sure that the Lake of St. Wolfgang, with its surroundings, is not the most lovely retreat that we know up earth...The features of its scenery are upon that precise scale of magnitude which is thrillingly impressive without being oppressive. The place is little visited by the crowd of summer tourists. It is cheap, and the people are civil, hospitable, and hearty."

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