Aberdulais: an industrial revolution since 1584
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, scores of artists were attracted to the Vale of Neath by its spectacular scenery.
Most celebrated of all is Joseph Mallard William Turner, then a young man of 21 honing his skills on a tour of Wales. He visited Aberdulais in 1796.
John Ruskin (1819-1900) was the foremost art critic of his day, a big fan of Turner and no slouch with a paintbrush himself.
He travelled extensively and although we can't be sure, it's likely that his visit to Aberdulais was inspired by his love of Turner's work.
Despite the name, Henri Gastineau (1791-1876) was an English artist and engraver. His book 'Wales Illustrated' contains hundreds of images from all over Wales, of which this is one.
A surveyor by trade, Thomas Hornor (1785-1844) gained a reputation for his 'pictural [sic] delineation of estates', for which wealthy families were happy to pay handsomely.
George Orleans Delamotte
George Orleans Delamotte was a teacher and landscape artist from a family of French refugees renowned for their artistic talents.
His brother, William, enjoyed the patronage of King George III and the Royal Academy.
George's South Wales Sketchbook, from which this image comes, was published in the 1820s
John George Wood
John George Wood (1768-1838) was best known as a watercolourist and engraver.
But this photograph - the earliest we have found - is also attributed to him.