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Cottages At Aberglaslyn

Cottages At Aberglaslyn

Photographer: Bedford, Francis (1816-1894)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1857

Shelfmark: 1753.b.29

Item number: 3

Length: 17.8

Width: 22.85

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

“At the distance of about one mile and a half from Beddgelert stands the magnificent pass between the mountains of Carnarvon and Merioneth, including Pont Aberglaslyn, - which exhibits, perhaps, the most remarkable example of romantic scenery belonging to the northern part of Wales. The approach to Pont Aberglaslyn supplies all the materials of a most marvellous picture, rising, in some points of view, to the sublime and terrible. The road where the view first bursts upon the sight in all its varied and extraordinary feature, by its bleak barren aspect, overhung by huge precipices and broken rocks stretching far into the distance, well prepares the mind for those impressions which, on whatever side approached, by day or by moonlight, never fail to call forth the admiration of the coldest traveller. All the milder features of landscape are here lost amidst these rocky fabrics; instead of the softer interchange of hill, and lake, and glen, the grandeur of the whole scene at once arrests and employs the imagination.”

Excerpt from Thomas Roscoe’s ‘Wandering and Excursions in North Wales’, reprinted in 'The Sunbeam, a photographic magazine' (1857)

‘The Sunbeam, a Photographic Magazine’, edited by Philip Henry Delamotte, was published in five parts, each containing four photographic prints of landscape and architectural subjects. No.1 appeared in January 1857 and in 1859 the collection was reissued as a book titled ‘The Sunbeam, a Book of Photographs from Nature’. Each photographic plate is paired with a poetic or prose text. Both images and text celebrate the romantic beauty of nature, landscape and monuments, seemingly untouched by mid-19th century industrial and urban development. An excerpt from Roscoe’s ‘Wandering and Excursions in North Wales’ accompanied this photograph by Francis Bedford (1816-1894) of cottages at the foot of mountains at Aberglaslyn in Wales.

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