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Vue de l'Isle de Boo-Shala, a cote de celle de Staffa, vis-a-vis de laquelle se trouvent les Colonnes courbes se Basalt

Vue de l'Isle de Boo-Shala, a cote de celle de Staffa, vis-a-vis de laquelle se trouvent les Colonnes courbes se Basalt

Artist: Horny, C.

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: K.top Vol. 49

Item number: 39.d

Genre: Topographical Print

View of Boo Shala island, a small islet off the island of Staffa in Scotland. The island is situated between the west coast of Mull and the Treshnish Islands and is well known for its caves and hexagonal basalt columns. The basalt columns are the result of volcanic activity although one legend holds that they were formed by a giant who had brought a segment of the giants causeway from Ireland as a gift for his wife but a small piece fell out as he travelled home to Scotland. The unusual island is also known for its 5 caves of which Fingal’s cave is the largest. The cave's Gaelic name is An Uamh Binn which means 'The Melodious Cave' and it is thought Mendelsohnn composed 'The Fingal's Cave Overture' in 1832 after visiting the island.

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