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The Holly-Bush Tower

The Holly-Bush Tower

Photographer: Napper, R P, British and Foreign Portrait Company

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1864

Shelfmark: 1784.a.30

Item number: 1

Length: 20

Width: 16

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

View of a riverside rock formation crowned with a holly tree in the Vale of Neath in south Wales, taken by R.P. Napper of the British and Foreign Portrait Company in c.1864. The image illustrates the title page to a mid-Victorian book of twenty photographs of the region's distinctive landscape. In his introduction to the book, Charles Henry Waring wrote:

“It would be very difficult for the Artist, whether Painter or Photographer, to find anywhere so comparatively small a district so full of varied and beautiful scenery as the Vale of Neath. The lover of the picturesque will here meet it in every form. He will revel in extensive views of mountain and valley, and in charming little studies of quiet nooks and fairy glens. He will find bold and majestic rocks, and the richest cluster of waterfalls in Great Britain, or, perhaps, in the world. They are not grand and imposing to the extent of an American or a Norwegian cataract; but they are more lovely, and better suited to please the lover of Nature…”

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