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Meeting House in Keswick

Meeting House in Keswick

Artist: Thornton, I.

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: KTOP.X

Item number: 20.b

Length: 20

Width: 15

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of a meeting house on a road in Keswick, Cumbria. Keswick is a large market town situated at the northern end of the lake of Derwentwater. There has been a town here since the 13th century but then it was known as Cese-wic or the cheese town. In the 17th century a number of new roads were built across Cumbria. These new roads encouraged tourists and travellers to visit the Lakes and Keswick, and they made trade and the transportation of goods much easier. During the 18th and 19th century many artists and poets such as Francis Bacon and William Wordsworth visited this area for inspiration in their work, they would have gathered at meeting houses like this one.

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