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The Upper Scwd Ddwlu, Vale Of Neath 15

The Upper Scwd Ddwlu, Vale Of Neath 15

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

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1864

Shelfmark: 1784.a.30

Item number: 15

Length: 20

Width: 16

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Close view of the Upper Scwd Ddwlu, 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 by Napper documenting the picturesque scenery of the Neath valley, published in 1864. Another view in the collection shows the waterfall from a distance. It is described by Charles Henry Waring in his accompanying text:

“This beautiful Fall is situated on the Neath Vaughan (or Little Neath), rather more than a mile from the junction of that river with the Perddyn. After heavy rain, a near view gives a fine, bold, dashing sheet of water; while taken at a little distance it makes a charming picture of stream, woods, and rocks. This Fall, and the lower one of the same name, are very rarely visited by tourists, who are often only able to afford time to see the principal objects of interest. But the Artist will be amply repaid for a few days devotion to this stream; and no one who loves beautiful scenery will regret a day spent in wandering by its side.”

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