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Bridge across a stream, Yewdale

The turf-covered bridge recorded by William Green in this engraving is "near the Yew tree in Yewdale, a grand valley lying at the foot of the high mountains on the north of Coniston Water." Disenchanted by the London art scene, the Manchester–born artist moved to the Lake District where he vowed to "adhere as faithfully as possible to nature." There he became a friend of Wordsworth.

He published ’Seventy–eight Studies from Nature’ in 1809, drawn with a draughtsman–like precision that reflected his early training as a surveyor. These drawings, many of them detailed ’close–ups’ of pathways, riverbanks and hedgerows are masterpieces of observation, the visual counterparts of Wordsworth’s descriptive verses.

Encouraged, no doubt, by the poet, Green also wrote 'The New Tourist’s Guide to the Lake District' in 1819. When he died in 1823, Wordsworth penned his epitaph.

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