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Roseberry Topping
Roseberry Topping Roseberry Topping

A countryside walk: what a breath of fresh air!
I pause by the side if the pathway and stare. 
The trees and the meadows and hillsides beyond,
Behind me, a field full of sheep and a pond.

And up in the sky there’s a cloud like a face
Which is not quite projecting and not quite in place
But is seems to be blowing a fine salt-sea scent
Which is such a relief, yes indeed, heaven sent!

I can’t smell the bluebells, but scattered around
They carpet the avenue and don’t make a sound.
Not totally silent: some chirps from the birds
A chaos of high pitches, perhaps in bird words

A musing of sight and sound, sunlight and smells;
The waves from the beauty of nature, in swells 
Of delight, and delighted I walk on my way
Full of joy, but perhaps I should stand here and stay.

A large foreground tree stands over a bank of bluebells, with its branches dangling over the distant Roseberry Topping hill in Yorkshire. Roseberry Topping is a distinctive hill with a jagged cliff and decapitated cone, in North Yorkshire. It has an abundance of bluebells nearby. It was occupied during the Iron Age with walled enclosures, and subsequently by Vikings, who settles here and gave it its present name. This derived from Ouesberry, which came from Othensberg and originally Othenesberg. The first part is an Old Norse name Authunn and bjarg means ‘Rock’. ‘Topping’ is a Yorkshire derivation of Old English ‘Topp’, the top of a hill. Heathens brought oblations to high hills, which explains the discovery of a Bronze Age hoard here.

All Limited Edition Prints are signed by Francis Salvesen - Printed as Gicleé Prints Printed with pigment based inks on high quality archival Hahnemühle Photo Rag

Roseberry Topping
Dimensions :
65 cm x 91 cm (Incl. frame)
Date & Material :
Oil on Canvas


The original of this painting has now been sold , but you can still buy a print.

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