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House Island or Inner Farne, the Churn

House Island or Inner Farne, the Churn

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15543

Item number: f.93

Length: 150

Width: 244

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Manuscript

A view in ink of a chasm called the Churn, on House Island or Inner Farne Island, off the Northumberland coast. An archipelago of some 30 islands, not all of the Farnes are visible at high tide. They were formed in prehistoric times by the seaward outcrops of the Great Whin Sill volcanic intrusion. Volcanic limestone gives the Farnes their distinctive black appearance.

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