Courtesy of National Library of Scotland | Licence: CC BY 4.0
Courtesy of National Library of Scotland | Licence: CC BY 4.0

23i - Cave of Fingal, in Staffa one of the Hebridean islands

1781-1820

Unknown Artist

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Title

23i - Cave of Fingal, in Staffa one of the Hebridean islands

Date

1781-1820

Description

This engraving shows the cathedral-like entrance and inner sanctum of Fingal's Cave, on the Hebridean island of Staffa. The archway entrance to Fingal's Cave has vertical columns of basalt, while inside the cave is luminous floor of water. The 'Pillar Island' was popular with artists, writers and musicians during the nineteenth century, and was the inspiration for Felix Mendelssohn's overture, 'The Hebrides', as well as some of William Turner's most famous paintings. There is no date for this engraving and the artist is unknown. The entrance to Fingal's Cave is composed of a network of hexagonal-shaped rocks - just like a honeycomb, formed during volcanic activity. These hexagonal rocks are very similar to stepping-stones, which is why the Giant's Causeway, near Coleraine in Northern Ireland, might be the other half of Fingal's Cave - hence Staffa's place in Celtic mythology.

Collective title: Hutton Drawings > [Volume 1] > Argyllshire

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Location

Fingal's Cave, Staffa, Scotland

Country

Continent

Location Accuracy

Pinpoint

Credits

Image Credit

Courtesy of National Library of Scotland

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