Aquatint of Rydal Water from 'Cumberland, Westmorland & Lancashire Illustrated', by T.H. Fielding, 1822
Wordsworth lived at Rydal Mount from 1813 until his death in 1850. The American poet, James Thomas Fields visited him there. When Wordsworth died, Fields recalled in verse a walk they shared by Rydal Water, hailing him as "Great Nature’s Priest":
"The grass hung wet on Rydal banks,
The golden day with pearls adorning,
When side by side with him we walked
To meet midway the summer morning..."
This aquatint view of Rydal Water comes from T H Fielding’s ‘Cumberland, Westmoreland, and Lancashire Illustrated, in a series of forty-four coloured engravings...’ published in 1822. Fielding spent two years living and working in the Lake District.