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View Looking into Shanklin Chine

View Looking into Shanklin Chine

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1796

Shelfmark: K top Vol 15

Item number: 39.a

Length: 13.8

Width: 22

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

Coloured view of Shankling Chine in the Isle of Wight. 'Chine' is a word of Saxon origin and is now used only in the Isle of Wight and Dorset. It means a deep narrow ravine that leads to the sea, which was formed by water cutting through soft sandstone. Richard Hutchings visited this area when travelling around England in 1776. He wrote the following description in his journal of his tour, “A place called Shankling Chine was the next spot we stopped at. I find myself utterly incapable of describing it, farther than saying tis a most romantic situation by the seaside, a most stupendous high cliff, whose sides were ornamented by the rude hand of nature with various trees and shrubs”.

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