Five Beautiful 19th Century Lake District Etchings by David Law (1831-1901)

We’re extremely disappointed that the five wonderful etchings illustrated below are no longer available from the company that used to supply them. We’re looking for a replacement supplier but are not confident of finding one. This is a great pity. Meanwhile we’re at least leaving the pictures here for your enjoyment.

Here we have five beautiful prints taken from etchings by David Law (1831-1901). Law was a Scottish watercolourist and etcher. He was employed as a map engraver at the Ordnance Survey but in parallel developed a successful artistic career with an emphasis on etching. He produced both etchings based on the work of artists such as Turner and also his own independent work such as a series on British castles and the examples we show below of English landscapes. He was a notable figure in the British art scene of the late-19th century and the father of landscape watercolourists Annie and Beatrice Law.

Rydal Water - David Law etching

First is a view of Rydal Water followed by nearby Rydal Mount, home of Wordsworth and his family for almost forty years.

Rydal Mount - David Law etching

These prints come in a variety of frames, delivered to you through our affiliate arrangement with EasyArt. They are “restrike etchings”. That is, they are not antique copies from the original printings but modern restrikes produced individually by hand using the original engraved plates. Each has then been hand-coloured to produce a high quality work to be be treasured by today’s collectors. (Here’s a helpful article on restrikes).

They make wonderful gifts, or you can buy one to hang on your own wall. You can design your own mounting and framing combination from many alternatives online at the time of purchase to suit your own style of decor.

The next print is a view from Wordsworth’s garden at Rydal Mount looking down the Rothay valley to Windermere. I’m not sure whether this beautiful view is still available in real life as I suspect that trees have most probably over the past century blocked it out. Next time I visit Rydal Mount I’m planning to take a look. However, the view is still available as a print.

Windermere from Wordsworth's Garden at Rydal Mount

And now we leave Rydal and go a mile or two up the road to Grasmere. Firstly the lake with boats on the water and Helm Crag behind.

Grasmere Lake - a David Law etching

Finally, from the lake view we go into the village to Grasmere church by the River Rothay.

Grasmere Church - an etching by David Law

Also to hang on your wall, a beautiful Lake District relief map:  3D Relief Map, Lake District