View from Ogwen Falls into Nan Francon

Roger Fenton1857

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

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.


  • Title: View from Ogwen Falls into Nan Francon
  • Creator: Roger Fenton
  • Date Created: 1857
  • Physical Dimensions: 42.2 × 36.5 cm (16 5/8 × 14 3/8 in.)
  • Type: Print
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Albumen silver print
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 85.XM.169.22
  • Culture: English
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Roger Fenton (English, 1819 - 1869)
  • Classification: Photographs (Visual Works)

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