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

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.

Provenance

Dudley Snelgrove.


Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Abbot Hall, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 5AL
01539 722464
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Opening times

March - October
Mon - Sat: 10.30am - 5pm
Sun in Jul & Aug: 12 - 4pm

November - February
Mon - Sat: 10.30am - 4pm

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