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View near Coniston Water

View near Coniston Water

Engraver: Thornton, J.

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1790

Shelfmark: K Top Vol 18

Item number: 92.b

Length: 20.9

Width: 26.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View near Coniston Lake in Cumbria. Mannex's Directory of Furness and Cartmel 1882 comments Coniston Lake 'lies embosomed among the hills; it is between five and six miles in length, and about half-a-mile in breadth. It is situated at a height of 187 feet above the sea's level, and has a depth in some parts of 27 fathoms....Much of the scenery around the lake is of a most beautiful description. Mr. West in his guide, published a hundred years ago, speaking of this lake says :-" It will be allowed, that the views on this lake are beautiful and picturesque, yet they please more than surprise. The hills that immediately enclose the lake are ornamental, but humble. The mountains at the head of the lake are great, noble, and sublime, without anything that is horrid or terrible. They are bold and steep, without the projecting precipice, the overhanging rock, or pendant cliff. The hanging woods, waving inclosures, and airy sites, are elegant, beautiful, and picturesque." '

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