Peter Hawker in Ullswater, Lake District - early 19th Century

from Journal entry, 30 October 1812, page 49:

Nothing can be more romantically beautiful than the richly wooded hills that form the side scenery, and the majestic heights which compose the background of this landscape; in a word, the view creates a sort of sensation which we feel on hearing Mozart’s music, seeing Shakespeare's tragedies, hearing Braham sing, or seeing ourselves surrounded by a good evening flight of wild fowl.

cite as

Peter Hawker, Journal entry, 30 October 1812. In The Diary of Colonel Peter Hawker, 1802-1853, volume 1 (London, 1893), p. 49. accessed: 3 February, 2023

location of experience: Ullswater, Lake District


Peter Hawker
Amateur Musician, Army officer, Sportsman, Writer

Experience Information

Date/Time early 19th Century


Although this is not a direct experience of listening to music, Hawker draws on his past listening experiences in order to describe the emotional effect on him of the landscape.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Tue, 14 Aug 2018 10:07:38 +0100
Approved on Tue, 21 Aug 2018 16:01:47 +0100