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Derwent Water, from Manesty

Derwent Water, from Manesty

Artist: Green, W.

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: KTOP.X

Item number: 41.m

Length: 24

Width: 18

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of Derwent Water in Cumbria, northwest England. Derwent Water is in the north of the English lake district and it was here that children’s author Beatrix Potter set many of her stories. She spent nine summer holidays here between 1885 and 1907 and sketched local scenes around the shores and on the lake itself. She included many of these in her stories such as the tales of Benjamin Bunny and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle. She complained that the locals had a habit of getting drunk and falling in the lake, commenting that, “One hardly likes to go up the lake with such things under the water. They ruin the lake for boating”.

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