Rocks in Water, Stock Gill
Artist: Green, William
This engraving from Green’s ‘Seventy-eight Studies from Nature’ shows Stock Gill, a small river running through Ambleside where the artist had his home. "About ½ a mile up this river, from the Salutation Inn, is a fine waterfall called Stockgill Force; between the town and the force are many pretty, though inferior, falls of water, and the one given here is as a lesson in that sort of drawing."
Disenchanted by the London art scene, the Manchester–born artist had moved to the Lake District where he vowed to "adhere as faithfully as possible to nature." There he became a friend of Wordsworth.
He published ’Seventy–eight Studies from Nature’ in 1809, 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.