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The Purple Mountains

The Purple Mountains

Photographer: Hudson, John

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1867

Shelfmark: 1782.a.24

Item number: 11

Length: 10.6

Width: 17.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"The Purple Mountain, which lies between the Lower and Upper Lake, is so denominated from the purple hue it possesses seen from almost any quarter and under any modification of light; it is 2,739 feet above the level of the sea. Although one of our commonest heaths - the Erica cineria - covers a considerable extent of the mountain side, and when in flower no doubt augments the purple hue, yet the permanent colour of the mountain arises from the rock of which it is composed... Before the sun has ascended to his meridian height, the mountains bordering upon the Lower Lake are left in shadow; their surface then appears tame and unvaried, and their summits, if it be in clear weather, form a hard outline against the azure sky; but as the day declines, the sun imperceptibly glides across the line of the great chain, and darts his rays on that side of the mountain which lies next to the Lake. All their bold irregularities are then revealed - their protruding rocks, their deep glens, and the Lake, by the long gleams which pass athwart its peaceful waves, is illuminated amidst its dark and wooded islands."

Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of Killarney' by J Hudson

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