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Landscape Art, England, Lake District View, Druidical Circle of Keswick, James Baker Pyne, Antique Print, 1853


James Baker Pyne (1800-1870) (artist)
W. Gauci (lithographer)
Hanhart (printer)
Druidical Circle of Keswick
From The English Lake District
Agnew & Sons, Manchester: 1853
15 1/4 x 19 1/2 inches, image
20 1/8 x 28 5/8 inches, sheet

The druidical temple shown in this print is located in a field about a mile and a half from the town of Keswick in the English Lake District. It is an impressive sight, consisting of a circle of 38 rough granite stones ranging from about three to eight feet high. Within the circle, at one end, are 10 stones arranged in a square, where perhaps the altar was erected. Pyne’s depiction casts the foreground in shadows, with the stone circle catching the morning light and a lone bird flying low to the ground, enhancing the sense of mystery and discovery.

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James Baker Pyne was a British painter. A native of Bristol, and educated as a lawyer, he began painting in his early twenties and gained a considerable reputation as a landscape painter, in the lyrical Romantic style popular at the time. After moving to London in 1835, he exhibited at the Royal Academy, the British Institution and the Society of British Artists, where he also served as vice president. He was a prolific artist and traveller, who journeyed throughout Britain and Europe. He did a large series of paintings of the English Lake District that were made into prints, including this one.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual light toning, wear, soiling, soft creases. A bright rich image.


Bulman, Steve. “Jollie’s Cumberland Guide & Directory 1811, Part 2.” 2000. and “Antiquities in the Lake District,”

“James Baker Pyne.” Grove Dictionary of Art. Online at

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19th Century