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The Lady's Wishing Chair

The Lady's Wishing Chair

Photographer: Hudson, John

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1867

Shelfmark: 1782.a.19

Item number: 4

Length: 17.7

Width: 11.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

The Giant's Causeway is a mass of over 40,000 basalt columns on the NW coast of Ireland, between Portrush & Ballycastle; formed by a rapid cooling of lava hitting the sea. Folklore ascribes the formation to a mythical race of giants who laid down the rock on the sea floor as a roadway connecting the Scottish Hebridean islands with Northern Ireland.

"In the Middle, or Honeycomb Causeway, the principal curiosity is the Lady's Wishing Chair, a single hexagonal pillar, surrounded by several others of taller proportions, so as to form a comfortable seat. Thence the Great Causeway is entered through the Giant's Gateway, a gap bounded on either side by basaltic columns."

Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of the Giant's Causeway.'

Author not stated.

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