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Bawl Chine

Bawl Chine

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1797

Shelfmark: K top Vol 15

Item number: 17

Length: 10.9

Width: 16.65

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of Bawl Chine in the Isle of Wight. 'Chine' is a word of Saxon origin and is now used only in the Isle of Wight and Dorset. It means a deep narrow ravine that leads to the sea, which was formed by water cutting through soft sandstone. The island has a number of Chines, the largest being at Blackgang and Shanklin. Some of these chines are very dertile and are rich in flora and fauna however others are barren and have little vegetation.

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