On the Llugwy, near Bettws-y-Coed

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On the Llugwy, near Bettws-y-Coed


Roger Fenton (English, 1819 - 1869)






Albumen silver print


35.6 x 42.2 cm (14 x 16 5/8 in.)

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Wearing a cap from his days in the Crimea, Roger Fenton sits perched on a rock at one side of the Llugwy River. Fenton's presence implicitly invites the viewer to imagine themselves in his place, reading a guidebook and enjoying the surrounding scenery. The tiny figure, within the vast and dramatic expanse of nature, encourages the viewer to see the landscape as a place for reflection and reverie.

Fenton's carefully composed view evokes the Arcadian visions of seventeenth-century landscape painters like Claude Lorrain and Nicolas Poussin. The viewer journeys through distinct stages of the landscape-from the detailed rocks and figures in the foreground, to the softer trees and reflections of the middle distance, to the hazy silhouette of the far-off mountains.

Roger Fenton (South Bank Centre) (February 4 to April 17, 1988)
  • The Hayward Gallery (London), February 4 to April 17, 1988
Roger Fenton (January 24 to March 26, 1989)
  • Yale Center for British Art (New Haven), January 24 to March 26, 1989
All the Mighty World: The Photographs of Roger Fenton, 1852 - 1860 (October 17, 2004 to January 2, 2006) (33)
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), October 17, 2004 to January 2, 2005
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), February 1 to April 24, 2005
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), May 24 to August 21, 2005
  • Tate Britain (London), September 21, 2005 to January 2, 2006
The Pre-Raphaelite Lens: British Photography and Painting, 1848-1875 (October 31, 2010 to May 29, 2011)
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), October 31, 2010 to January 30, 2011
  • Musée d'Orsay (Paris), March 6 to May 29, 2011