The Needles from Altrem Bay
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
View of ‘The Needles’, off the western coast of the Isle of Wight. ‘The Needles’ is the name given to a series of rock stacks; made from flint and chalk these stacks were once part of the cliffs however over the years coastal erosion has separated them from the headland. The rocks rise to a height of approximately 100 feet. The name is thought to have derived from a 4th rock stack known as ‘Lot’s Wife’, this stack was needle shaped and stood to a height of 120 feet. During a storm in 1764 the stack fell into the sea and all that remains is a dangerous reef.