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Keswick Lake from Friar Crag

Keswick Lake from Friar Crag

Artist: Thornton, I.

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: KTOP.X

Item number: 41.k

Length: 20

Width: 15

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View by I. Thornton, of Derwent Water (sometimes known as Keswick Lake) in Cumbria, Northern England, from Friar’s Crag. The name of this peak on the edge of the lake, is thought to have developed because it was from this point that 7th century monks would travel when making a pilgrimage to the hermit St Herbert, who lived on a small island on Derwentwater. John Ruskin, who visited the lake in his childhood, described the peak as one of the most beautiful scenes in Europe, and described the first moment he saw Friar’s Crag as ‘...the creation of the world for me’.

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