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Staffa.  The Clam-Shell Cave

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Staffa. The Clam-Shell Cave 1870s

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This striking image is one of the thousands of views of Scotland that the Valentine company in Dundee produced from the mid-1860s onwards. It shows the uninhabited island of Staffa in the Inner Hebrides, a site previously visited by artists and writers like Turner, Keats, Wordsworth and Tennyson. Thanks to photography, its famous basalt columns could now be appreciated by all.

Glossary Open


A hard black volcanic rock.



  • Acc. No. PGP R 810
  • Medium Albumen print
  • Size 19 x 23.2 cm
  • Credit Gift of Mrs. Riddell in memory of Peter Fletcher Riddell 1985