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Keswick Lake below Silverhill

Keswick Lake below Silverhill

Artist: Thornton, I.

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: KTOP.X

Item number: 41.i

Length: 15

Width: 20

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of Derwentwater in Cumbria, Northern England. The lake is the most northerly of the English Lakes and is 3 miles long, 1 mile wide, 72 feet deep and is fed by the River Derwent. Derwent means ‘abounding in oak trees’. William Gilpin, in his book ‘Observations on Several Parts of England, Especially the Lakes’, published in 1786, described the lake in the following words, “Nothing conveys an idea of beauty more strongly, than the lake, nor of horror, than the mountains; and the former lying in the lap of the latter, expresses in a strong manner the mode of their combination”.

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