'Fingal's Cave', 1849.
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm

'Fingal's Cave', 1849.

Whymper, Josiah Wood

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Colour engraving by Josiah Wood Whymper from 'Phenomena of Nature', published in London in 1849 for the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. 'Staffa is one of a group of Scottish islands called the Hebrides. It is about a mile and a half acros, and is a sort of table-land supported by cliffs of various heights. These cliffs are formed of a stone called basalt, which rises up to a great height in the shape of lofty pillars. In many parts of the coast these pillars have yielded to the action of the sea and caves have been formed of remarkable beauty.'



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