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George Washington Wilson (1823-93)

Mouth of the Clam Shell Cave, Staffa c. 1880 after an 1861 original

Carbon print | 7.2 x 7.2 cm (image) | RCIN 2320049

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This carbon copy of an 1859 photograph depicts a view of the Isle of Staffa in Scotland.

The Island of Staffa in the Inner Hebrides features many natural curiosities, including Fingal's Cave. The Cave is formed of hexagonal basalt columns.