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Coniston Lake

Coniston Lake

Engraver: Alken, S.

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1795

Shelfmark: K Top Vol 18

Item number: 92a

Length: 10.5

Width: 16.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of Coniston Lake in Cumbria. Mannex's Directory of Furness and Cartmel 1882 comments Coniston Lake 'lies embosomed among the hills; it is between five and six miles in length, and about half-a-mile in breadth. It is situated at a height of 187 feet above the sea's level, and has a depth in some parts of 27 fathoms... Perch (locally called bass) of small size, trout, eels, and pike are found in the lake. Char, once abundant and of fine quality, is now very rare. Like other lakes bounded by high mountains, this water has its echoes ; and so great are their multiplying powers, that eleven distinct reports may be heard on a serene evening from the discharge of one cannon. In the lake are two small islands, one called Knott's Island from the proprietor, and the other Piel Island, though they are more familiarly known as the Fir Island and the Gridiron, from the Scotch firs which cover the one and the shape of the other.'

'Mr. West in his guide, published a hundred years ago, speaking of this lake says :-" It will be allowed, that the views on this lake are beautiful and picturesque, yet they please more than surprise. The hills that immediately enclose the lake are ornamental, but humble. The mountains at the head of the lake are great, noble, and sublime, without anything that is horrid or terrible. They are bold and steep, without the projecting precipice, the overhanging rock, or pendant cliff. The hanging woods, waving inclosures, and airy sites, are elegant, beautiful, and picturesque." '

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