1859 - ‘The tourist will at once recognise the poetic truth of this…scene’

The tinted chromolithograph here of James Barker Pyne’s painting of ‘Grasmere from Loughrigg Fell’ presents a visual interpretation of Wordsworth’s concept of ‘tranquil sublimity’ - that endless variety of aspect and natural harmony of colour that forms the leading attraction of the Lakes. As the text explains,  ‘A quiet of evening is finely embodied; the descending sun is shedding its beams in slanting rays; night is creeping through the valleys and “about the ditches;” black shadows clothe the mountains’ sides’.

All this so that ‘the tourist will recognise the poetic truth of this rendering of the scene’.

Lake Scenery of England by J.B. Pyne, 1859.