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Porth-yr-Ogof, Brecknockshire

WILLIAMS, Penry (1802 - 1885)

Porth-yr-Ogof, Brecknockshire

Date: 1819

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 25.2 x 34.0 cm

Acquired: 1939; Gift; John Herbert James

Accession Number: NMW A 452

The great cavern of Porth-yr-Ogof, through which the river Mellte runs, fascinated Thomas Hornor in 1816-20 and William Weston Young in 1835. In his Guide to the beauties of Glyn Neath the latter observed '...this is a remarkable object; for although openings or caves in the limestone rock may be said to abound in this vicinity, there is not another in the valley of so large dimensions; you have light enough from the entrance to go a considerable distance.'

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