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TITLE
Fingal's Cave
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_38011050210965_004
PLACENAME
Staffa
DISTRICT
Mull
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Kilninian and Kilmore
DATE OF IMAGE
1822
PERIOD
1820s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31805
KEYWORDS
caves
illustrations
drawings
Fingal's Cave

Fingal's Cave is located on the Island of Staffa. It is rather exaggerated in this illustration but it does emphasise the large columns of basalt. This is a dark, volcanic rock that forms pillars. 'Fingal' is a fictional character featured in the Ossian cycle of poems which were very popular in 19th century Europe. The cave later inspired Felix Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture.

It is this cave that brought fame to the Hebrides in the scientific community. Joseph Banks described this in great detail and inspired other scientists to visit the area.

The drawing is taken from "Voyage to the Hebrides", published in 1822.

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Fingal's Cave

ARGYLL: Kilninian and Kilmore

1820s

caves; illustrations; drawings

Highland Libraries

Fingal's Cave is located on the Island of Staffa. It is rather exaggerated in this illustration but it does emphasise the large columns of basalt. This is a dark, volcanic rock that forms pillars. 'Fingal' is a fictional character featured in the Ossian cycle of poems which were very popular in 19th century Europe. The cave later inspired Felix Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture.<br /> <br /> It is this cave that brought fame to the Hebrides in the scientific community. Joseph Banks described this in great detail and inspired other scientists to visit the area.<br /> <br /> The drawing is taken from "Voyage to the Hebrides", published in 1822.