Friday, 25 June 2004
William Daniell's Orkney Voyage
CREDIT: © The Orcadian/Orcadian.co.uk
WHERE: Orkney, Scotland. WHAT: William Daniell's 1818 voyage to Orkney.
MAP: Orkney. Thumbnail  clicks pop-up larger images on source site.
We recently featured the Italian Chapel on the Orkney island of Lamb Holm. Today we step even further back in time, courtesy of the Orkney local newspaper, The Orcadian. From their premises in Hells Half Acre they achieve a household penetration of 100% on Orkney, according to figures from the Newspaper Society. Many a newspaper editor would give his eye teeth to get even a qualified half of that figure.
There is also an Orcadian.co.uk web site, which offers historical features from whence we chose William Daniell's Voyage to Orkney in August 1818. Visit that link for the full story, on a page where you may also download a screen saver (PC platform only - why would anyone make such a decision?) with the twelve aquatints that resulted from Daniell's visit. Also available from a separate downloads page is the Orcadian 150th anniversary screen saver (also PC platform only).
All is not lost for those more discriminating in their choice of computer platform. The downloads page additionally offers five of Daniell's aquatints, available as 1024x768 pixels or 800x600 pixels JPEG graphics files suitable for desktop wallpaper. Users of Apple's OSX may of course add the images to the inbuilt screen saver module: it is regrettable that all twelve images are not available in this way.
Using the map link, in the header for this item, you may click to virtually visit all five places portrayed by Daniell, but in the UndiscoveredScotland.co.uk features you will see them in modern day photographs with explanatory texts..
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)