View from Ogwen Falls into Nan Francon

Object Details

Title:

View from Ogwen Falls into Nan Francon

Artist/Maker(s):

Roger Fenton (English, 1819 - 1869)

Culture:

English

Date:

1857

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Dimensions:

42.2 x 36.5 cm (16 5/8 x 14 3/8 in.)

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Fenton positioned his camera at the precipice of a rugged mountain pass towering above farmland in the Nant Ffrancon Valley in northern Wales. He successfully conveyed the effect of great distance, leading from the falls and sharply defined rocks in the foreground to the serpentine walls of the valley and up the hazy incline beyond. Awe-inspiring topography like this appealed to Victorian viewers of Fenton's time, who would have considered the landscape sublime.

Exhibitions
Roger Fenton (South Bank Centre) (February 4 to April 17, 1988)
  • The Hayward Gallery, (London), February 4 to April 17, 1988, (Cat.)
Roger Fenton (January 24 to March 26, 1989)
  • Yale Center for British Art, (New Haven), January 24 to March 26, 1989, (Cat.)
Roger Fenton: The Orientalist Suite (July 16, 1996 to October 6, 1996)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), July 16 to October 6, 1996, (Cat.)
All the Mighty World: The Photographs of Roger Fenton, 1852 - 1860 (October 17, 2004 to January 2, 2006)
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), October 17, 2004 to January 2, 2005, (Cat. 31)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), February 1 to April 24, 2005, (Cat. 31)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), May 24 to August 21, 2005, (Cat. 31)
  • Tate Britain, (London), September 21, 2005 to January 2, 2006, (Cat. 31)
In Focus: The Landscape (August 26, 2008 to January 11, 2009)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), August 26, 2008 to January 11, 2009, (Cat.)
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, (Cat.)
  • Musée d'Orsay, (Paris), March 6 to May 29, 2011, (Cat.)