Edward Pugh. Cambria depicta : a tour through north Wales illustrated with picturesque views by a native artist. London, 1816.

Edward Pugh. Cambria depicta : a tour through north Wales illustrated with picturesque views by a native artist. London, 1816.

In Cambria Depicta, topographer and painter Edward Pugh (1761-1813) presents Wales from the perspective of a native Welsh-speaker, rather than of an English traveller, on which grounds the author particularly commended the work to his audience for the insights it offered.

Pugh regaled his readers with interesting incidents, gossip, and his idiosyncratic opinions on aesthetics and the general state of the world. Although working broadly within the eighteenth-century tradition of topographical and antiquarian descriptive writing, his was a fresh and democratic voice, expressing ambitions for the improvement of contemporary Welsh culture, as well as relating its history and myths. Pugh worked for nine years on Cambria Depicta, which was not published until three years after his death.

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