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Arched Rock in Freshwater Bay

Arched Rock in Freshwater Bay

Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink

Date: 1813

Shelfmark: K top Vol 15

Item number: 28.f

Length: 22.3

Width: 31

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of an unusual rock in Freshwater Bay in the Isle of Wight. Adam Black in his ‘Guide to the Isle of Wight’, published in 1870 described the rock; "In the Bay, formed by the action of the sea upon the huge cliffs of chalk, rises the arched rock, one of two isolated masses of chalk separated from the cliff by natural causes. Long ago, in the dim obscurity of a past which ended, perhaps, before human annals had a beginning. the ceaseless ocean swept away the softer portion of the rock, and fashioned, in all its inimitable beauty, this mighty curiosity -- the Triumphal Arch of the Waters, through which, ever and anon, they roll in grand procession, as if to the sounds of martial music". Unfortunately the rock was worn down by erosion and fell into the sea, now only the lower part of the rock remains.

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