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The Lower Scwd Ddwlu, Vale Of Neath

The Lower Scwd Ddwlu, Vale Of Neath

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

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1864

Shelfmark: 1784.a.30

Item number: 13

Length: 20

Width: 16

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

View of the Lower Scwd Ddwluone, one of the celebrated waterfalls of the Vale of Neath in south Wales, taken by R.P. Napper of the British and Foreign Portrait Company. The image is one of twenty landscape photographs documenting the picturesque scenery of the Neath valley published in 1864. The waterfall is described by Charles Henry Waring in his accompanying text:

“Following the course of the Neath Vaughan River for a few hundred yards below the Upper scwd Ddwlu, you arrive at this Fall. To the left is a high, perpendicular, rocky bank, covered with verdure; and after rain the picture is further enlivened by a pretty cascade tumbling down from near the top of the rock, joining the River above the Fall. The roaring sound of this impetuous body of water may be heard at a long distance, and the foaming of the waters for a considerable space round would indicate a shallower rocky bottom compared with some of the other Falls that appear to pour their waters into a deeper pool, making less noise and less commotion in their descent. All the Falls vary so much one from another, that every one is worthy of a visit; for each will bring some new beauty to the view, or add another charming recollection to the sketch book.”

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