Title: Staffa in profile, from an album of sketches by John MacCulloch

Creator: John MacCulloch

Description: Sketch of the island of Staffa, in the Hebrides. The whole island is formed of columnar basalt, with several caves around its coastline, and is a popular visitor attraction. Two caves can be seen in the image above – Boat Cave, the black hole to the left of the picture, and Fingal’s Cave, the large crevice in the centre.

The sketch was drawn by John MacCulloch, a geologist who produced one of the first geological maps of Scotland. It may have been done while he was researching his Description of the Western Islands of Scotland, including the Isle of Man, (Edinburgh; London: Archibald Constable and Co.; Hurst, Robinson, and Co., 1819) and The Highlands and Western Isles of Scotland […], (London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1824).

Date: [c.1810s]

Format: Sketch

Archive reference: LDGSL/78/2/8

Image reference: 05-21

Recommended print size: Up to 16 x 12 inches (40 x 30cm)

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