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The slate quarry of Penrhyn was once one of the two largest in the world. The picture depicts the quarry from the lower side, showing in the middle distance Talcen Mawr or ‘Gibraltar rock’, blown up in 1895. Slate was used in schools, as blackboards and writing-slates and on buildings as roofing, cladding, shelves and cisterns. It became a popular tourist attraction, regarded as an example of a spectacular process of the Industrial Revolution and a new wonder of Nature developed by man.
National Trust, Penrhyn Castle
oil on canvas
H 137 x W 189 cm
accepted by HM Treasury from Lady Janet Pelham and John Charles Harper, who assumed the name of Douglas-Pennant, in lieu of death duties from the estate of Hugh Napier Douglas Pennant, 4th Baron Penrhyn of Llangedai, and allocated to the National Trust, 1951