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The Dinas Rock, Vale Of Neath

The Dinas Rock, Vale Of Neath

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

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1864

Shelfmark: 1784.a.30

Item number: 7

Length: 20

Width: 16

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

View of the Dinas Rock, a hill quarry 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 taken by Napper documenting the picturesque scenery of the Neath valley, published in 1864. Charles Henry Waring describes the site in his accompanying text:

“This bold promontory of rock advances into the Vale of Neath, about one mile above the village of Pont-Neath-Vaughan. It is geologically interesting as the southern extremity of a tongue of limestone which has been thrown up to the surface from the bottom of the great South Wales Mineral Basin, and which extends from the northern crop or edge down to this place. Commercially this has been a great advantage to the valley, and consequently the stone is being quarried away, and sold off as quickly as possible. Fortunately, however, for the Artist, it must take many generations, at the present rate of work, to cut away at this vast rock. The name of Craig y Dynas occurs frequently in Wales, meaning a fortified hill. The subject of the accompanying Photograph is a stronghold formed by Nature alone, and which could hardly be improved by military art.”

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