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Pinnacle Island, birds' nests

Pinnacle Island, birds' nests

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15543

Item number: f.104

Length: 150

Width: 238

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Manuscript

A view in ink of birds' nests in the cliffs of Pinnacle Island, one of the Staple or Farne Islands, off the Northumberland coast. The Farnes were formed by the seaward outcrops of the Great Whin Sill volcanic intrusion, which extends from Upper Teesdale to the north coast of Northumberland. Volcanic deposites give the Farne island their distinctive blackened appearance. The islands remain a major breeding ground for otherwise rare British seabirds.

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