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Rydal Water

Rydal Water

Engraver: Alken, S[amuel]

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1795

Shelfmark: Ktop XLIII

Item number: 15a

Genre: Topographical Print

View of the tranquil scenery around Rydal Water in Cumbria. The lake is overlooked by a single cottage, which was at this time the home of essayist and critic Thomas De Quincey. Wordsworth lived nearby, advising visitors to the area: "Rydal mere is nowhere seen to advantage from the main road. Fine views of it may be had from the Rydal Park; but these grounds, as well as those of Rydal Mount [the poet's home] and Ivy Cottage, from which also it is viewed to advantage are private." The foot road and horse road also provided better views.

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