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Scott's Poetical Works

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (engraved)

  • Date:

    1834 (engraved)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Turner, Joseph Mallord William, born 1775 - died 1851 (artist)
    Goodall, Edward, born 1795 - died 1870 (engraver)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Line engraving on steel

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Horace Mummery

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EL, shelf 56, box A

Physical description

Line engraving on steel (1st state), printed on paper, depicting a vignette of Fingal's Cave

Place of Origin

Britain (engraved)


1834 (engraved)


Turner, Joseph Mallord William, born 1775 - died 1851 (artist)
Goodall, Edward, born 1795 - died 1870 (engraver)

Materials and Techniques

Line engraving on steel

Descriptive line

Line engraving on steel by E. Goodall depicting a vignette of Fingal's Cave on Staffa in the Inner Hebrides, for the publication 'Scott's Poetical Works' (Cadell), after a drawing by J. M. W. Turner. Great Britain, 1834.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Fingal's Cave is a sea cave on the uninhabited island of Staffa, in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, part of a National Nature Reserve owned by the National Trust for Scotland. It is formed entirely from hexagonally jointed basalt columns within a Paleocene lava flow, similar in structure to the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland and those of nearby Ulva.
Sir Walter Scott described Fingal's Cave as "one of the most extraordinary places I ever beheld. It exceeded, in my mind, every description I had heard of it… composed entirely of basaltic pillars as high as the roof of a cathedral, and running deep into the rock, eternally swept by a deep and swelling sea, and paved, as it were, with ruddy marble, [it] baffles all description."




Line engraving; Printing

Subjects depicted

Islands; Caves


Prints; Scotland


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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