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St David's Head S.W.

St David's Head S.W.

Artist: Walmsley, Thomas

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1810

Shelfmark: Ktop XLVII

Item number: 85.g

Genre: Topographical Print

View of the peninsular of St David’s on the south west coast of Pembrokeshire, Wales, by Thomas Walmsley. St David’s is the most westerly point of Wales and is only 50 miles from Ireland but 250 miles from London. It was a place of Christian pilgrimage since the Middle Ages when two visits here were seen as the equivalent as one trip to Rome, and which were far easier to achieve. St David’s features in many Welsh legends and was thought to be the place where St Patrick sailed to Ireland to convert the inhabitants to Christianity. The rugged beauty of the coastline has made it a popular subject for landscape artists for over 200 years.

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