Mill in Borrowdale
Artist: Green, William
The mill engraved here by William Green stood on the banks of Coom Gill, near Borrowdale. There it was "engulfed in fantastic scenery; a water spout in prodigious volume fell many years ago in the mountain above, tumbling about rocks and trees in the wildest confusion, as may be seen by those who wish to visit Coom Gill". Disenchanted by the London art scene, the Manchester–born artist had moved to the Lake District where he became a friend of Wordsworth & vowed to "adhere as faithfully as possible to nature".
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.