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Wythburn Water with Helvelyn

Wythburn Water with Helvelyn

Artist: Thornton, I.

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1795

Shelfmark: KTOP.X

Item number: 44.c

Length: 30

Width: 23

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of Wythburn Water, also known as Thirlmere Lake in Cumbria, Northern England, with Helvellyn Mountain in the background. Since this painting was made Thirlmere Lake has been turned into a reservoir. The demand for water in the Manchester area trebled in the 19th century and the Manchester Corporation Waterworks Company built a large dam on the lake to take advantage of this natural resource. The landscape of the area was completely transformed; the water level rose by 50 feet and the villages of Wythburn and Armboth were lost. Helvellyn Mountain stands to a height of approximately 3,100 feet and is one of the four highest peaks of the Lake District.

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