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The Natural Bridge, Virginia

The Natural Bridge, Virginia

Artist: Roberts, W.

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1808

Shelfmark: 122

Item number: 48

Length: 64

Width: 48

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of the natural limestone bridge located in Virginia, America. The bridge is situated 215 feet above a small spring fed Creek, in the Shenandoah Valley in the Appalachian Mountains. The arch is 215 feet tall, and the span between the walls is approximately 90 feet in width and was formed thousands of years ago by the erosion of the limestone rock as a river ran along this path. The bridge is often referred to as one of the ‘Seven Natural Wonders of the World’. Underneath the print was an inscription by the artist and a long quote from Jefferson’s ‘Notes on Virginia’. A short passage reads,
"The Natural Bridge, is the most sublime of Natures Works… Though the sides of this bridge are provided in some parts with a parapet of fixed rocks, yet few men have resolution to walk to them and look over the abyss. You involuntarily fall on your hands, creep to the parapet and peep over it. Looking down from this height gave me a violent head ache".

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