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View of the Needles

View of the Needles

Artist: Walmsley, Thomas

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1809

Shelfmark: K top Vol 15

Item number: 15.m

Length: 48.2

Width: 67.65

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View by Thomas Walmsley, of the Needles rock formation off the Western coast of the Isle of Wight. The Island is divided into two by a range of chalk hills which run from the Culver, at the north-eastern end of Sandown Bay, to the Needles, on the west of the Island. These three rock stacks were once part of the cliffs however coastal erosion led to their separation from the headland. The name of the formation ‘The Needles’, is derived from a forth stack which once stood alongside the others. This stack was a slender tapering shape and stood to a height of 120 feet. This stack fell into the sea in 1764 during a storm.

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