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The Middle Clyngwyn, Vale Of Neath

The Middle Clyngwyn, Vale Of Neath

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

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1864

Shelfmark: 1784.a.30

Item number: 4

Length: 20

Width: 16

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

View of the Middle Clyngwyn, one of the celebrated waterfalls in the Vale of Neath, south Wales, taken by R.P. Napper of the British and Foreign Portrait Company. The image is one of twenty landscape photographs by Napper documenting the picturesque scenery of the Neath valley, published in 1864. In his accompanying text, Charles Henry Waring describes the dramatic perspective of this photograph:

“The character of the scenery round this Fall is quite different to that of the Upper Clyn Gwyn, and the Fall itself is more broken and varied in its form, consisting of many small cascades. The view embraces the whole series of the surrounding landscape. A nearer view would doubtless give more idea of height, but not so well show the beauties of the Fall. The Photographer must copy Nature as he finds her, and cannot compete with the Painter, who may often ‘snatch a grace beyond the reach of (Photographic) Art.’”

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