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Ulswater Lake

Ulswater Lake

Artist: Walmsley, Thomas

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1808

Shelfmark: KTOP.X

Item number: 45.m

Length: 43

Width: 31

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of Ullswater in the area known as the Lake District in Cumbria. The lake is surrounded by fells and hills and the landscape is very picturesque. Dorothy Wordsworth visited the lake with her brother William in 1802. She wrote of her visit in her Grasmere Journal. Her description of the scenery inspired William to write his poem ‘The Daffodils’, she wrote,
“When we were in the woods beyond Gowbarrow Park, we saw a few daffodils close to the water side… I never saw daffodils so beautiful, they grew among the mossy stones about and about them, some rested their heads upon these stones as on a pillow for weariness and the rest tossed and reeled and danced and seemed as if they verily laughed with the wind that blew upon them over the lake, they looked so gay ever dancing ever changing.”

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