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The Needles from Altrem Bay

The Needles from Altrem Bay

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1796

Shelfmark: K top Vol 15

Item number: 32.1.a

Length: 13.9

Width: 20.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

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.

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