Mingarry Castle, William Daniell, 1818
Shelfmark: 189.e.8 vol.3, plate facing p.71
‘The Lord of the Isles’:
“When Mingarry, sternly place
O’erawes the woodland and the waste.”
William Daniell and Richard Ayton’s ‘Voyage around Great Britain’ was one of the most ambitious and lavishly realised topographical undertakings of the early 19th century. The series of eight volumes of aquatints accompanied by extensive texts was published between 1814 and 1825.
Daniell and Ayton began their journey around the country in 1813, but the partnership survived only the first two volumes. Ayton was more concerned with social observation than topographical record and his writing often bears little relevance to Daniell’s landscapes. After they parted company Daniell provided the text as well as the pictures. He dedicated volume eight, in which this aquatint of Mingarry Castle appears, to Sir Walter Scott.