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Black Gang Chine

Black Gang Chine

Artist: Harraden, R. B.

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1814

Shelfmark: K top Vol 15

Item number: 18

Length: 29.8

Width: 41.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of Blackgang Chine on the south coast of 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. In W. H. Davenport Adams’ book ‘The Isle of Wight; Its History, Topography and Antiquities’, published in 1862, the area is describes thus, “Blackgang Chine (Blackgang, the bleak way or pass), the most famous of the island curiosities, and has been lionised in the guide books usqe ad nauseaum. Viewed from the sea, its aspect is wildly picturesque, and not without a certain savage grandeur. .. there is something exceedingly effective in the irregular combination of bare, bleak down, iron coloured rock, abrupt precipitous cliff and boundless sea, which the view presents. There is neither tree nor foliage; no bright masses of foliage relieve its sombre sides”.

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