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Ulleswater 45.g

Ulleswater 45.g

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1792

Shelfmark: KTOP.X

Item number: 45.g

Length: 57

Width: 39

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of the lake of Ullswater in Cumbria, Northern England. At seven miles in length, three quarters of a mile in width and two hundred and five feet in depth Ullswater is the second largest of the English lakes. When William Gilpin visited the lake in 1786 he was captivated it and wrote the following description in his book ‘Observations on Cumberland and Westmoreland’, “The air was still: the lake, one vast example of crystal mirror. The mountain-shadows, which sometimes give the water a deep, black hue (in many circumstances, extremely picturesque;) were softened here into a mild, blue tint, which swept over half the surface… what an admirable study for the pallet is such a scene as this! Infinitely beyond the camera’s contracted bounds”.

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