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Title page from 'A Picturesque Tour of the English Lakes'

Fielding and Walton spent two years in the Lake District making drawings and collecting information and "extracts from admired poets" to produce this magnificent work, fully entitled "A Picturesque Tour of the English Lakes, Containing a Description of the Most Romantic Scenery of Cumberland, Westmoreland, and Lancashire, with Accounts of Ancient and Modern Manners and Customs, and Elucidation of the History and Antiquities of that Part of the Country, etc., etc.," – a comprehensive title clearly aimed at the informed tourist.

The volume was printed in London by William Clowes for Rudolph Ackermann, who was known for his lavishly illustrated publications. It contains forty-eight hand-coloured aquatints made from the original drawings by Fielding and Walton.

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