West View of the Town and Bay of Swansea
Artist: Middiman, Samuel
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
View of Swansea in Glamorganshire, on the coast of South Wales. The name Swansea is thought to originate from Viking settlers who established a community here near the River Twae. The Welsh name for the city is Abertawe which means ‘at the mouth of the Tawe". The city developed in the 17th and 18th centuries when coal reserves in the area were exploited, the copper smelting industry was established, and the port was expanded.