[London: J.S. Virtue & Co, 1894.]
Etching on thick paper. 250 x 300mm (9¾ x 11¾").
A view of a farmyard in Nantgwilt, in the Elan Vallery, west of Rhayader, in Powys. It was published in Tickell's 'The Vale of Nantgwilt: a submerged valley...', a record of the land about to be compulsorily purchased and flooded to create reservoirs to provide drinking water to Birmingham. The dozens of men shown here would all have lost their livelihoods. Richard Eustace Tickell was a civil engineer who supervised the building of one of the dams, Pen-y-garreg. he wrote to the publisher: 'The object of this book is to commemorate scenes in one of the most charming valleys in Great Britain. Scenes which are soon to be lost for ever, submerged beneath the waters of a series of lakes, which, by a colossal engineering undertaking, are about to be constructed for the purpose of supplying water to the city of Birmingham, nearly eighty miles away'.
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