The artist William Green produced topographical views of the Lake District both as a teaching resource that could be copied by his pupils, and as souvenirs for the increasing numbers of tourists who were coming to visit that part of England by the turn of the century. Many of these views were published as aquatints and etchings and included in guidebooks to the area, although Green also sold original watercolours to George IV and other members of European royalty. The Romantic poet William Wordsworth, who wrote Green’s epitaph, celebrated his ‘faithful representations of the country and lasting memorials of its more perishable features’.
This atmospheric view held in the King’s Topographical Collection shows a scene with a stone bridge in Great Langdale, with the dramatic rocky peaks of the Langdale Pikes on the north side of the valley looming in the background.
- Full title:
- A View of the Bridge under Langdale Pikes, Westmoreland
- Watercolour / View
- William Green
- © British Library
- Usage terms
- Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial licence
- Held by
- British Library
- Maps K.Top.43.21.
- Article by:
- Ann Payne
Topographical artists, authors and collectors often concentrated on particular areas, as Ann Payne, former Curator of Manuscripts at the British Library explains.