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Bassenthwaite Lake from Withop Wood

Bassenthwaite Lake from Withop Wood

Artist: Thornton, I.

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1790

Shelfmark: KTOP.X

Item number: 37.b

Length: 37

Width: 23

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of Bassenthwaite Lake in Cumbria. The lake is one of the largest of the lakes in Northern England at four miles in length and three quarters of a mile in width. It is actually one of the shallowest lakes at only seventy feet. Lord Alfred Tenneyson stayed in a house overlooking Bassenthwaite lake and it is thought that it was the inspiration for the lake which features in his poem ‘Morte D’Arthur’- the sword Excaliber being thrown into its waters.

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