On the Llugwy, near Bettws-y-Coed

Roger Fenton1857

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

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.

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  • Title: On the Llugwy, near Bettws-y-Coed
  • Creator: Roger Fenton
  • Date: 1857
  • Physical Dimensions: 35.6 x 42.2 cm (14 x 16 5/8 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Albumen silver print
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Print
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 85.XM.169.15
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture: English
  • Classification: Photographs