Buttermere, Cumbria, England
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Situated in the Wasdale valley, Wastwater is the deepest of the Lakes and covers an area almost 3miles long by ½ mile wide. The present view looks across Wastwater towards Yewbarrow on the left and Great Gable in the centre, largely hidden by the dramatic sky.
The Manchester born Green, initially trained as a surveyor and cartographer, before establishing himself as an artist. He settled in Ambleside in about 1800, and spent the next twenty years exploring and recording the region. The watercolours that he produced of the Lake District proved enormously popular not only with local residents, but also with tourists. This popularity encouraged him to publish various series of aquatints and etchings of the area, including in 1804 a series of 60 aquatints. In 1810 he published his Studies from Nature, a series of 60 large etchings and in 1819 his two volume Tourist’s New Guide.
On his death, the poet William Wordsworth wrote his epitaph. There is a similar watercolour from the same viewpoint, with a less dramatic sky, in Manchester Art Gallery.