The Bowder Stone, Borrowdale, Cumberland by Joseph Wright of Derby

The Bowder Stone is the local dialect name for Boulder Stone.


Watercolour over pencil on paper
39 x 55 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,375 ( Total: £5,500)
Acquired in:

It is a huge rock which fell from neighbouring towering crags at the entrance to Borrowdale. Wright's subject exemplifies the Picturesque, which in the 18th century was a new kind of Beauty midway between Edmund Burke's Sublime and Beautiful. A certain roughness, irregularity and aesthetic deformity were required for a scene to be deemed Picturesque.


Dudley Snelgrove.

Venue details

Abbot Hall Art Gallery Abbot Hall, KENDAL Cumbria LA9 5AL 01539 722464

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry charge to permanent collection is is £6.35)

50% off exhibitions with National Art Pass

Open Monday - Saturday

1 November to 28 February
The Gallery: 10.30am - 4.00pm
Last admission: 3.30pm
The Bakestone: 10.30am - 4.00pm

1 March to 31 October
The Gallery: 10.30am - 5.00pm
Last admission: 4.30pm
The Bakestone: 10.00am - 5.00pm

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