The Bowder Stone is the local dialect name for Boulder Stone.
The Bowder Stone, Borrowdale, Cumberland by Joseph Wright of Derby, 1786
© Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria, UK
- 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.
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