19 October 2013 – 10 May 2014
Free to all
A rich collection of topographical paintings and drawings, selected from the library's archives.
Artists have long been drawn to the striking scenery of Wales; from ruined castles and abbeys to rugged mountainous areas, there is a wealth of subject matter to draw, photograph and paint.
Here, topographical works are used to reveal how artists' perceptions of the Welsh landscape have changed over the centuries, with historic depictions of famous beauty spots sitting alongside contemporary industrial and urban views.
Reknown landscape painter JMW Turner visited Wales many times in the 1790s and the display features several of the watercolours that he produced as a result. One such example is his depiction of Aberdulais Mill, near Neath, thought to have been painted in 1796-97 from pencil sketches taken in 1795.