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View of the Basaltic Columns of the Island of Staffa

View of the Basaltic Columns of the Island of Staffa

Artist: de Bittio, Antonio

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1775

Shelfmark: K.top Vol. 49

Item number: 39.a

Genre: Topographical Print

View of the small Island of Staffa, near Mull, off the western coast of Scotland. The island is three quarters of a mile in length, just a quarter of a mile in width and is made up of hexagonal basalt columns. At one time it was thought that the island was man made because the pillars were so similar in size and shape, however it is entirely natural and is the result of considerable volcanic activity in the area, millions of years ago. The island is also known for its caves- Fingal’s cave being the most famous and the source of inspiration for Mendelssohn’s Fingal's Cave Overture of 1829.

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