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A Natural Rock call'd Great upon Little near Wakehurst Sussex

A Natural Rock call'd Great upon Little near Wakehurst Sussex

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1780

Shelfmark: Ktop XLII

Item number: 71-1.

Length: 19.4

Width: 25.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

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View of an unusual rock formation near the village of Wakehurst in Sussex. This rock called 'Big upon Little' or 'Great upon Little' was a limestone block separated from a cliff by water erosion. As can be seen in this drawing, it rested on a precarious stump base where water had been. For centuries it was a great tourist attraction. Visitors could jump from the cliff on to the rock and many carved their initials onto its surface. The earliest signatures date from the 17th century but any older carvings would have been weathered away.

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