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12 July 2015
Hope Over An Exciting Discovery

Hope Over An Exciting Discovery

Professor James Moore has made a further visit to our archive to complete his research for a book he is preparing on the early life of Alfred Russel Wallace.  He has been examining all of our records of how Neath was at the time when Wallace resided here, who were the local movers and shakers and how they influenced and shaped Alfred’s attitude towards many things crossing from science, to politics and religion. 

During his consultation of our archive, it appears that an exciting discovery has been made.

William G Wallace (Alfred’s brother) was an accomplished artist and a grid lined watercolour sketch by him, showing a panorama of Neath town depicted from the west, is held by the Wallace Memorial Fund.  Professor Moore was interested in seeing a watercolour by an unknown artist that appears in our millennium publication ‘A Celebration of Art in Neath & District’.  It would seem that this could well be the finalised watercolour that William produced from his gridded sketch.

Experts on Wallace and watercolours will be consulted by Professor Moore in an attempt to confirm and validate this opinion.     

If the work can be authenticated and attributed then then this will significantly consolidate the importance of Neath and the NAS archive at the NMI as a Wallace resource. 

The link below will take you to a page that shows the preparatory grid lined sketch by William.

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