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The Lower Clyngwyn, Vale Of Neath

The Lower Clyngwyn, Vale Of Neath

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

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1864

Shelfmark: 1784.a.30

Item number: 5

Length: 20

Width: 16

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

View of the Lower 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 perspective:

“This is the lowest of ‘The Three Clyn Gwyns,’ and is the smallest – consisting of a number of little falls and rapids. It is not, therefore, well adapted for a near view. The picture has been taken looking down the stream, and shows its course towards the lower valley. The Hepste joins the Melte a little below this Fall; and the Artist will do well to follow the course of the stream down to this place, and then ascend the Falls on that river. Between this meeting of the waters and the Lower Cilhepste Fall, there are some charming ‘bits,’ and some extraordinary avalanches of stone, bearing all the character of moraines.”

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