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Clump of Ferns, Stock Gill Lane

Clump of Ferns, Stock Gill Lane

Artist: Green, William

Medium: Etching

Date: 1809

Shelfmark: Maps.12.TAB.24.(2)

Item number: Plate 26

Genre: Topographical Print

Disenchanted by the London art scene, the Manchester–born artist, William Green moved to the Lake District where he vowed to "adhere as faithfully as possible to nature." There he became a friend of Wordsworth.

In 1809 Green published ’Seventy–eight Studies from Nature’, 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; Green found this clump of ferns in Stock Gill Lane and captured them with accustomed fidelity.

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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