Plas Newydd – illustrations

This pages includes:

  • Introduction
  • list of all known images of Plas Newydd (including references to images which have not been found).
  • details of the images

Portraits of Butler and Ponsonby

Introduction

Plas Newydd was illustrated in all four stages of its development:

  • The cottage in its original state before it was extended by Mr and Mrs Edwards in 1778.
  • The cottage after it was extended, when it was first occupied by Butler and Ponsonby
  • The cottage with the oak ornamentation installed from around 1814
  • The house as altered by General Yorke after 1876

It appears that few changes were made to the facades of the building between each stage, but there are indications that the vegetation, especially the trees, gradually encroached on the immediate environs of the house (some of which might be the result of artistic licence).

Most of the views of Plas Newydd are from the south-west, showing the front with Castell Dinas Bran in the distance, but there are several which show just the cottage with some of the surrounding trees. In most of these the south-east end is hidden by vegetation.  There are a few views of the rear of the building, showing the projection for the library and bedroom at the north-east end.

Several early views are ascribed to Sarah Ponsonby who also produced a plan of the cottage. One of her views was published as a frontispiece to Anna Seward’s volume of poems Llangollen Vale, with other Poems (1796), the original of which has recently been discovered in the National Library of Wales.

The most enigmatic of the prints is that ascribed to J.P. Neal which shows the cottage in its original state as it was before Butler and Ponsonby moved in, without the  extension to the south-west end. The extension was built in 1778 when J.P. Neal was 7 years old. Neal is known to have been illustrating buildings in south Wales in 1813 and throughout the 1820s but there is no firm evidence that he was doing the same in the north. If he did draw the cottage just before the print was published in 1813 it appears that he either left left out the extension or based his view on an earlier drawing, but there is no explanation as to why anyone should want to illustrate the cottage before it became famous as the home of Butler and Ponsonby.

Several of the early prints are undated and might be earlier than has previously been assumed. Some of these are very rare and they have not been found in published volumes which might help date them.

A careful study of the vegetation around the cottage suggests that many of the prints were based on original sketches and if the vegetation was accurately portrayed, it has helped to date them (from the presence, absence or size of the trees).

There are surprisingly few drawings and prints of the cottage considering the vast number of people who visited it but perhaps most of those who might have drawn it were denied permission to do so. An entry in Butler’s diary records such a request, by Thomas Walmsley in 1790, who was denied permission because they did not want  ‘to be exhibited in the Magazines‘. However Walmesley did publish a fine print of the rear of the cottage in about 1800 and Butler and Ponsonby bought a set of his works, so perhaps they relented or allowed him to draw the cottage at a later date. In 1794, George Wood’s view of the rear of the cottage was published in The European Magazine.

Several prints of the cottage were published while Butler and Ponsonby were still alive, including those by George and Samuel Nicholson who had visited them in 1819 and dedicated their volume of prints to them, published in 1824. Henry Gastineau’s popular print was published in 1830 as was one published by W.Crane.

After the death of both Butler (1829) and Ponsonby (1831), more prints were produced, most of them mass-produced and of poor quality, some of which may have been derived from earlier prints especially those produced by Newman and Co in the 1860s when the first photographs (by Francis Bedford) appeared. John Thomas, who had a studio in Llangollen, took several photographs of the house just before and after General Yorke installed the pseudo-timber framing to the facades 1876-1877.

From the late 19th century onwards many postcards of Plas Newydd were produced.

List of illustrations of Plas Newydd (details below)

  • pre 1778?     said to be after J.P. Neal

1780  Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby moved into Plas Newydd

  • 1787            plan by Sarah Ponsonby sent to Queen Charlotte
  • 1787            portfolio containing a plan and 2 drawings  by Sarah Ponsonby
  • 1790?          print of the rear  by Thomas Walmesley
  • 1792            sketch by James Plumtre
  • 1792?          watercolour showing the rear by John Warwick Smith
  • 1793            print of the rear published by John George Wood
  • 1793            print of the rear published in the European Magazine
  • 1796           sketch by Ponsonby published with Anna Seward’s poetry
  • 1798           sketch  by Harriet Bowdler
  • 1806           front and rear view said to be by Sarah Ponsonby
  • 1815?         print of the facade by H Billingel
  • 1815?         sketch of the facade by Harriet Pigot
  • 1819?         prints of the porch and the facade by the Nicholson brothers
  • 1820?         sketch with Castell Dinas Bran by Anon
  • 1820s??     print, anon, undated
  • 1821          two sketches by Henrietta Matilda Crompton
  • 1822          two sketches possibly by Bradford or Edward Rudge
  • 1824          Lady Louisa Harvey asked Louisa Lloyd to sketch Plas Newydd
  • 1827         Edith Hobson sketched the cottage
  • 1828         Amelia Waddell sketched the cottage (location unknown)
  • 1830         Henry Gastineau produced his very popular print.
  • 1830         W. Crane of Chester published a print of the cottage

1832 Plas Newydd was sold to Miss Andrew and Miss Lolly

  • 1836         Anon, pencil sketch
  • 1837         Thomas Lupton sketched the cottage
  • 1840         Pen and ink drawing by Marianne Jones
  • 1840         Edwin W. Jacques’s drawing was produced as a print
  • 1850         John Hicklin published a view of the cottage
  • 1850 ?       Anon, pencil sketch

1854 Miss Andrew died. Miss Lolly probably left Plas Newydd

  • 1859-1860 Anon, pencil sketch
  • 1860s        Newman and Co. published several views of the cottage
  • 1860s-1880s Francis Bedford published at least 9 stereographs of the cottage

1876 General Yorke purchased Plas Newydd

  • 1875-1877  John Thomas took 4 photographs of the house.

The images

This includes links to original sources, including those which cannot be display here for copyright reasons.

‘Plas Newydd, near Llangollen, Denbighshire, The seat of Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Ponsonby. Engraved by Woolnoth from a drawing by J.P. Neale for the Beauties of England and Wales. London; published by John Harris, St Paul’s Church Yard, May 1st 1813’
This does not include the extension built by Mr and Mrs Edwards in 1778.
It is said to be after a drawing by J.P. Neale but there is no evidence that he visited Wales during the 18th century. Neale was born in 1771 and would have been only 7 when the extension was built, so it is very unlikely to be by him, unless he copied an earlier drawing when he was older.

An image based on the above was published in G.N. Wright’s Scenes in north Wales, (1833), plate 5.

1785

A plan of the Plas Newydd ‘estate’ drawn by Sarah Ponsonby were sent to Queen Charlotte at her request, but it is thought that she rejected it because it had been impregnated with perfume which she disliked.
‘The Queen of GB was on the point of looking at some of my Works, the Inscriptions in our Garden (have you got them?) and a Plan of our House but was obliged to order them out of the Room … this happened last Summer But We Did not hear it ‘till last Week!
(Letter, Sarah Ponsonby to Sarah Tighe, 7. June 1786, Webber MS.)
Mavor, Elizabeth, The Ladies of Llangollen, (1971), pp. 59, 102)
There is a very feint outline ground plan of the cottage in Sarah Ponsonby’s common place book (NLW 22969A), f. 41
This is not the same as the plan sent to Lady Frances Douglas in 1788 (below), but it might have been similar to it.

1788

A souvenir portfolio containing a plan and 2 drawings of Plas Newydd (front and rear) with inscriptions and an original poem in French entitled:
Souvenirs / To Lady Frances Douglas / These Memorandums of a Cottage / Whose inhabitants are proud to boast / The Obligations Her Friendship has Conferred / Is Gratefully and Respectively / Inscribed
Lady Douglas, (1750–1817), daughter of the Duke of Buccleuch, supported Butler and Ponsonby in their application for a British pension in 1785 and again in 1791.

View of the front of Plas Newydd with Castell Dinas Bran in the background. It shows the extension to the right, said to have been built in 1778. The extension looks much longer than in other drawings (although in most of the others the new end is hidden by vegetation), but it also looks out of proportion to that shown in the plan which accompanied these drawings. Harvard Collection

The rear of Plas Newydd showing the projecting extension which houses the library and bedroom above. This view shows the true height of the building which comprises four stories (basement, ground floor, 1st floor and attic rooms). Harvard collection

Plan of the ground floor showing the brewing kitchen, library, parlour, kitchen and coal house. Harvard collection.

1790?


Thomas Walmsley, (1763-1806)
Plas Newydd showing the library projection from the garden side.
Hand coloured engraving c. 1800. British Library, Ktop XLVII, Item number: 3.f
There are several images painted by Thomas Walmsley and many others engraved by him, 1794-1810 in the National Library of Wales, showing that he was at Llangollen before 1800.
Walmsley wrote to the Ladies, seeking their permission to sketch their house
An entry in Eleanor’s diary for 9.8.1790
‘Note from Mr Walmsley, an artist from London, desiring to see this place. Desired to be excluded. We have appeared in the Newspapers. Will take care not willfully to be exhibited in the Magazines.’ (Bell, Hamwood Papers, p. 260)
T. Walmsley, published a volume 16 prints of ‘Views on the River Dee’ 1792-1794.
On the 24th May 1793, the Ladies paid 10 pence for ‘Walmsley’s and Jukes’ Views.

1792

Sketch of Plas Newydd and Castell Dinas Bran by the Rev. James Plumptre,  (1771-1832). Cambridge University Library, add. MSS, 5804 or 5802.
Ousby, Ian, James Plumptre’s Britain, The Journals of a Tourist in the 1790s
(London, 1992), 51

1792?

Watercolour: Llangollen from near the cottage of Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Ponsonby; mountainous landscape, a town viewed from a height, a large white house on a hill at left [the back of Plas Newydd] by John ‘Warwick’ Smith,
British Museum 1958,0712.382

1793

The rear of Plas Newydd
Artist: John George Wood
Engraver: J.L.
Published as a frontispiece to John George Wood’s Six Views in the neighbourhood of Llangollen and Bala from Original drawings by Jno. Geo. Wood Dedicated by permission to the Right Honorable Lady Eleanor Butler & Miss Ponsonby with the Annexed Vignette Representing their Elegant Retirement in the Vale of Llangollen. (1793)
NLW BV2305

1794

The rear of Plas Newydd, based on the above
artist:   John George Wood
title:     Plas Nwydd [sic] a cottage near Llangollen, Denbighshire
engraved by W. Thomas
European Magazine, vol. 25, (London: J. Sewell, April 1794), p. 174
The illustration is accompanied by the following text:
This beautiful little mansion and its appendages were embellished and decorated by the exquisite taste of the two elegant Ladies who now reside in it, the Right Hon. Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Ponsonby, of the Kingdom of Ireland. The view of Plas Nwydd, with which we present our readers was taken by the permission of the ingenious artist, from the frontispiece to ‘A Collection of Views in the Neighbourhood of Llangollen and Bala. By Mr J. Geo Wood of New Bond Street.
NLW, Denbighshire Top. A6 A104
The same view appears on a cup with the ladies’ initials E.B. & S.P. now in the British Museum.

1796

Plas Newydd and Castel Dinas Bran
Title page of Llangollen Vale, with other Poems by Anna Seward, (London: G. Sale, 1796). F Jukes sculpt. Said to be after Sarah Ponsonby (the evidence for this is detailed below).
Anna Seward was at Plas Newydd on or about the 16th August, 1795 when the ‘Harp woman was paid 3s for Mr [and] Mrs Ormsby and Miss Seward (Sarah Ponsonby’s account book, 1791-1800, NLW fax 18, p. 171). Seward was staying with the Roberts family at Dinbren and wrote from there to Miss Wingfield on the 14th August and to the Rev. Henry White of Lichfield from Barmouth on the 30th August and again on the 7th Sept 1795. In the latter, she wrote:
I resume my pen, to speak to you of that enchanting unique, in conduct and situation, of which you have heard so much, though, as yet, without distinct description.  You will guess that I mean the celebrated ladies of Langollen Vale, their mansion, and their bowers.
By their own invitation, I drank tea with them thrice during the nine days of my visit to Dinbren; and, by their kind introduction, partook of a rural dinner, given by their friend, Mrs Ormsby, amid the ruins of Valle-Crucis, an ancient abbey, distant a mile and a half from their villa.  Our party was large enough to fill three chaises and two phaetons.
(Letters of Anna Seward written between the years 1784 and 1807, vol. 4, (1811), letters 18,19, and 20)
It appears that Sarah Ponsonby did indeed draw this picture. A letter from Anna Seward, dated Lichfield, Feb. 4,1796, to Eleanor Butler mentions it, thanking them for paying for an engraving to be made from the drawing (but there is no mention of the cost of this in the account books which are complete for the years 1788-1800).
I have already expressed to Miss Ponsonby my delight in the scenic fidelity, and elegant execution of the vignette for Langollen Vale; but I cannot cease to feel pain, in the idea that my receiving it as yours and Miss Ponsonby’s present, must render the publication so expensive to you. If you will have the goodness to permit me to discharge the engraver’s bill, you will extremely oblige me. The kind trouble you took in procuring the drawing at my wish, and placing it in such able hands, is an obligation which I can cheerfully receive. It is yet in your power to render that pleasure unallayed.
(Letters of Anna Seward written between the years 1784 and 1807, vol. 4, (1811), letter 29, pp. 149-152

Letter from Anna Seward to Mrs M. Powys, Lichfield, June 1, 1796:
I hope to reconcile you to the vignette, by observing, that it was my request to the Rosalind and Celia [Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby] of Langollen Vale, that my poem on that vale might be enriched with a view of their habitation on its title-page, since themselves, and their scene, form one part of its triple cord of subject. This view is the most happily chosen of any they could have given me, being from a point which shews the ruins of Castle Dinas Bran, and the Eglwysig rocks in the back-ground, both of which you know are mentioned; the ruins presenting the scene of the love-story that occupies the middle part of the poem.
(Letters of Anna Seward written between the years 1784 and 1807, vol. 4, (1811), letter 43, pp. 209-211)

This print very similar to a pencil drawing in NLW DV63 (PA9290), f. 40b (no. 16).
DV673 consists of 137 drawings pencil, pencil and wash, pen and wash, and watercolours, c 1785. The album is ascribed to The Rev. John Breedon of Bere Court, Pangbourne, but it consists of several sets of pictures of different date, probably by different people. This image is quite different in style to most of the other images in the album. It has the title ‘Lady Eleanor Butler’s & Miss Ponsonby’s Cottage Llangollen’ in the hand of Eleanor Butler, or possibly Sarah Ponsonby. This might be the original drawing for the print, and if, so, there is no explanation as to how it came to be in this album.

1798

Sketch of the cottage, dated but not signed. Probably by Harriet Bowdler who was staying in October that year. (Mavor, Elizabeth, The Ladies of Llangollen, (1971) p. 108)

1799

24th August
Being engaged to breakfast at the cottage at 11, for the Ladies, tho early risers themselves, yet having many friends and tourists to see them in the course of the summer, generally fix that hour, that they may previously secure a part of their day to themselves for study and business. [visited the church]. I next walked by the road at the back of the town to a gate nearly opposite the cottage and took a sketch of this “Fairy Palace of the Vale” [from Ann Seward’s Llangollen Vale, 1796] … The Ladies having got an addition to their domain since my last visit [in 1797], I had a new and very delightful scene to behold. It is a pasture which lies on the side of the hill sloping down to a clear mountain rivulet. [more on this pasture] An addition to the party being expected, we waited till half p. 12 when we sat down, a party of 12, to a most elegant and social meal. The party being augmented by the arrival of four more visitors I took my leave.
Plumptre, James, (1771-1832)
Ousby, Ian, James Plumptre’s Britain, The Journals of a Tourist in the 1790s(London, 1992), pp. 162-163 [image not published]

1806?

Drawings, said to be by Sarah Ponsonby, in an album of poetry etc. in the Ladies of Llangollen collection.
(1) View of the Façade of Plas Newydd fronted by fencing, with trees on both sides and Dinas Bran in the background. entitled ‘In the Vale of Llangollen’ Accompanying an Italian ‘sonetto’. This shows the facade without any carved oak. NLW Ms 22984C, f. 35
(2) Part of the library wing entitled ‘In Llangollen Vale, May 1806’ NLW Ms 22984C, f. 39. This is similar to John Wood’s view, but with more trees on both sides.
The date (May, 1806), on the view of the rear of the cottage, appears to be in a different hand to the title.
The volume contains verse and prose in English, French and Italian, mainly dedicated to Caroline Hamilton (née Tighe, d. 1861) of Hamwood, in various hands including those of members of the families of Hamilton, Tighe and Fitzgerald, as well as transcripts, 1803-1859.

1815 (about)


‘PLAS NEWYDD, LLANGOLLEN
Drawn on stone by J.W. Guy from a drawing by H. Billingel. Printed by George Smith, Liverpool.
Dedicated by permission to the Right Hon. Lady Eleanor Butler & Miss Ponsonby by their Obliged & Obedt Servant, H. Billingel’
This is the earliest known image of Plas Newydd which includes the carved oak decoration.
A framed ?watercolour version is on display in Plas Newydd.
Copy of the print in: Lady Mary Leighton, Watercolour Sketches of Plas Newydd, letters of Sarah Ponsonby to Mrs Parker of Sweeney Hall, 1809-1816, Denbigh Record Office, Ruthin, DD/LL/7  (1894.35.1), p. 40 (NLW MS EY 134, Microfilm 968 (letters from Sarah Ponsonby to Mary Parker, and pictures by Mary Parker, and prints relating to Plas Newydd, Llangollen)
Published in Mavor, Elizabeth,  The Ladies of Llangollen, (1971)

1815 (about)

Print of Plas Newydd by Harriet Pigot (1775–1846).
Members of the Pigot family, who were nieces of the Myttons of Halston Hall, Whittington, near Oswestry, visited Plas Newydd on the 17th May, 1788 (Mavor, Year, p. 94) but this drawing dates to about 1815 (on the basis that the carved oak around the windows and door is in place.) It includes a lean-to on the n.w. end but does not show the footpath which passes that end, shown clearly in other views. Published in Mavor, Elizabeth,  The Ladies of Llangollen, (1971)

1819?

Print of Plas Newydd by Samuel and George Nicholson, published in 1824 (see below)

This shows details of the timber-work of the entrance porch and a little of the inside, with small arched alcoves in the wall of the hose on both sides of the porch, each with pot plants in them.
This suggests that the render on the façade of the house was marked out in false ashlar blocks. No other illustrations show this.
The upper windows are leaded and there is a coat of arms over the porch.
There is what appears to be an oil lamp hanging in the porch.
There is no sign of the small lions which were on the seats on both sides inside the porch

These two prints of Plas Newydd by Samuel and George Nicholson were published in Plâs Newydd and Vale Crucis Abbey correctly drawn from nature, (Published by the authors, 21, Islington, Liverpool, and by R Ackerman, 101 Strand, London, 1824)
This volume was Dedicated to The Right Honourable. Lady Eleanor Butler, and Miss Ponsonby, by their Obliged and Obedient Servants, Samuel and George Nicholson.
This was accompanied by a vignette of Llangollen Church as seen through the Library window.
The brothers visited the Ladies in 1819, as recorded in Eleanor’s diary, but she did not record whether they made the sketches for the book during that visit. There is no mention of them in the 1821 diary.
2 September 1819 Eleanor Butler’s Journal:
Two young artists of the name of Nicholson from Liverpool brought a letter from Mr Greyson – they staid an hour & then we gave them a letter [of introduction] to Mr Jones Llantisillio. [They came back for tea later that day.] Mr Thomas Jones of Llantisilio had an interest in art (see the letters from the Ladies to him and to Miss Jones, NLW Minor Deposit 623B / 3-20).
7 September 1819 Eleanor Butler’s Journal
per Liverpool coach a letter from those civil young artists the Nicholsons with the curious image of the Blessed Virgin & child which was found in that Manila Galleon-xxxx <laden> with the richest commodity of India which was captured by Commodore Anson in his voyage round the world in …They also sent two bits of wood taken from a yew tree in Studley Park [near Ripon].

1820 (about)

‘Lady Eleanor Butler’s Cottage’
Anon, said to date to 1850, but some images in the album date to about 1820 (work on the Menai Bridge had just begun). NLW DV90 (PB5452), f. 4

1820s??

Print of Plas Newydd. Not dated (Private collection)

1821

Part of a pencil sketch by Henrietta Matilda Crompton (1793-1881) covering the whole of two pages of an album. (details below)
The two figures in the trees on the right may well be the Ladies of Llangollen.
The tree on the left half covering the lower-left window is very similar to that in the print by W. Crane [1830?]
Copy photograph on display in Plas Newydd, 2017

Another pencil sketch by Henrietta Matilda Crompton (1793-1881)
Welsh tour sketchbook, 1821,  North Yorkshire County Record Office. ZCM
Ashcroft, M.Y., Letters and Papers of Henrietta Matilda Crompton and her Family, North Yorkshire County Record Office Publications no. 53, (1994), pp. 178-188
Eleanor Butler’s diary for the 16th July, 1821 recorded Mr Rookes Crompton and two sisters of Esholt near Otley in Yorkshire a very interesting party morning and evening.’
Anne Lister visited Plas Newydd, Llangollen in July 1822 and mentioned the Cromptons (who came from the same part of Yorkshire as Anne) in her diary. ‘2 of the Cromptons and their brother (of Esholt) were lately sketching the place. The Ladies sent them chairs – went out to speak to them (for they were retiring fearing they had offended the Ladies) …’. However, this was a year after the recorded visit of the Cromptons, but it is possible that the Ladies remembered the visit of a family who came from the same part of Yorkshire as Anna Lister.

1822

One of two views of Plas Newydd possibly by Bradford or Edward Rudge
Bedfordshire Record Office, X69/7, f. 42

One of two views of Plas Newydd possibly by Bradford or Edward Rudge
Bedfordshire Record Office, X69/7, f. 43

1824

Letter dated 21 November 1824 from Lady Louisa Harvey to Louisa Lloyd at Aston,
I have a favour to ask of you which is to make me two drawings of the two views of the Ladies house as it now is as my view of it is as before the Gothic Carving. … it is to hang up in my dressing room it need not be so large as the pattern as I have two oval frames the glass of which is this size. [no pattern enclosed]
(NLW, Aston Hall Correspondence, 3582)

1827

Artist: Edith Hobson
Written in pencil at bottom left-hand corner of image: ‘Lady Eleanor Butler’s Cottage Plasnewydd, Llangollen Augt 10. 1827.’
One of a series of twenty-eight pencil drawings mostly depicting scenes in and around the area of Llangollen, Denbighshire.
This image is unusual in that it is taken at a slight angle to the façade. It shows:

  • the cottage with 5 windows and porch. The right-hand part of the cottage is hidden behind trees
  • a tree in front of the bottom left window
  • two figures on a path leading to the cottage with the hilltop ruins of Castell Dinas Brân beyond.

NLW PE4096/14, Lady Eleanor Butler’s Cottage Plasnewydd, Llangollen [graphic] : Edith Hobson

1828

‘Ran up to Plas Newydd to take a sketch of that beautiful retreat. …’
Diaries of Amelia Waddell (Lady Amelia Jackson) and her brother George Waddell (Junior) on a tour in Wales, May-Sep 1828, Amelia’s Diary no. 7, pp. 120-121, 28 July 1828, Royal Geographical Society, SSC/79, numbers 6-8. [The location of the sketch is unknown.]

1830

artist: Henry Gastineau
engraver: Jorden, H.,
title: Plas Newydd, near Llangollen, Denbighshire
‘Views in Wales’ (London: [Jones & Co.], 1830)
Anon, Wales illustrated in a series of views, (1830), p. 47
This shows a diamond-shaped coat of arms over the porch.

1830s

artist:   Anon
title: Plas Newydd, Llangollen / W Crane, Chester (on right bottom of image).
title:     Plas Newydd, Denbighshire
engraver / publisher:  Newman & co., 48 Watling St., London.
There are at least two versions of this print.
The tree to the left of the windows on the left of the house is similar to that in Crompton’s drawing of 1821.

1836

artist: anon
title: Plas Newydd
medium: pencil on paper
date: ‘March 1836’
Pencil drawing of part of the façade with Castell Dinas Bran in the background.
In ornate sepia frame.
NLW Denbigh (Box 2) Size A PE4723

1837

artist: Thomas Lupton
title: Plas Newydd near Llangollen, The residence of the late Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Ponsonby
medium : sketch
This shows Plas Newydd as a tall house, with the s.e. end hidden by trees. Butler and Ponsonby are shown in the bottom right.
NLW DV6 no 7
There is also a panoramic view by Thomas Lupton, dated 1837 ‘View taken from the Hand Hotel, Llangollen’ showing the Dee and landscape beyond including Castell Dinas Bran. NLW, no catalogue no, Denbighshire, B, Llanarmon – Llangollen

1840?

Pen and ink drawing of Plas Newydd, Llangollen by Marianne Jones who married John Jones-Bateman (died 1849) of Pentre-Mawr, Abergele
The house has a fence in front of it and trees in foreground. Dinas Bran castle is in the distance
The date is uncertain but drawing is little different from others of the same date range.
NLW ms 3594B, p. 3

1840

artist: Edwin W. Jacques
title: Plas Newydd, near Llangollen: the seat of the late Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Ponsonby
Drawn on stone by W.L. Walton / From a picture by Edwin W. Jacques.
Published by T. Catherall, Bookseller, Chester
This shows the fence along the front of the cottage to which carvings of various creatures were attached.

There are several versions of this image and photographs of the print were also sold.
artist: Edwin W. Jacques
title: Plas Newydd, near Llangollen: the seat of the late Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Ponsonby respectfully inscribed by the permission to the present ladies
Drawn on stone by W.L. Walton; from a picture by ??????Edwin W. Jacques.
Printed by C Hullmandel
A hand-coloured version
Print of Plas Newydd, based on the print by W.L. Walton; from a picture by Edwin W. Jacques, first published 1840 but with the ladies in their habits and tall hats in front of the fence.
Anon, ‘Our own country, descriptive, historical, pictorial’ [1878?], vol. 1, p. 190-192


One version included the full-length portraits of Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby.
Print of Plas Newydd, based on the print by W.L. Walton after Jacques.
Published in:
Anon, ‘Our own country, descriptive, historical, pictorial’ [1878?], vol. 1, p. 190-192
Cook, Joel, England, Picturesque and Descriptive. A Reminiscence of Foreign Travel.(Philadelphia; Porter and Coates, 1882), p. 24

1850

Artist unknown
Plas Newydd with Castell Dinas Bran in the background. Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby, a dog and possibly their gardener are superimposed in the foreground with two pairs of visitors nearer the house. (This was published 20 years after the death of Butler and Ponsonby.
Hicklin, John, (editor), The illustrated hand-book of North Wales, (1850), p. 229

1850?

Pencil Drawing, 224 x 282 mm.
Plas Newydd Llangollen … [Castell Dinas Brân in background]
‘Plas Newydd Llangollen Seat of Lady E Butler’ written in pencil at bottom left-hand corner of work.
Shows the cottage with 5 windows, door and 2 chimneys with the right-hand side hidden by a tree.
The palings in front of the cottage are shown with ?projecting section in front of the cottage door and a gate leading to the left-hand side of the cottage. The surface of the wall of the cottage appears to be marked out as if of ashlar blocks. There is no tree in front of the
Blind-embossed stamp at bottom left-hand corner of work.
NLW Denbigh (Llanarmon-Llangollen) Size B, D6422 Same artist as D6420, D6421 and D6423.(ORIG DRAWGS (PLACE) Denbigh (Llanarmon-Llangollen) Size B
Plas Newydd Llangollen … [Castell Dinas Brân in background] [graphic]

1859-1860?

artist: Anon
title: Plas Newydd, Llangollen
medium: pencil
NLW, DV45, p. 11

1860s ?


Print
title: Plas Newydd, Denbighshire
Engraved by Newman & Co., 48 Watling Street London
Published and sold by David Roberts, Llangollen
NLW Denbighshire Top. A6 A105 tir02189

1860s ?

Print
Title: Plas Newydd, Denbighshire
Engraved by J.Newman, 48, Watling Street
Published by R. Hughes, Wrexham
Tir02372.jpg (letterhead)
NLW Denbighshire Top. B6/4 B099 tir02372 (letter head)

1860s

One of a pair of stereographs almost certainly by the Quaker photographers Alfred Pumphrey (1830-1913) and Josiah Pumphrey (1823-1911) of Birmingham.
No. 1928 is scratched on the negative

1860s

Stereograph no. 211 by Francis Bedford, early 1860s.
The woman is almost certainly Mary Bedford, the photographer’s wife.
Francis Bedford (and possibly his son) took stereographs of Plas Newydd over a period of least 20 years.
number and title
211 Plas Newydd
762 Plas Newydd
982 Plas Newydd & Castell-Dinas-Bran
983 Plas Newydd & Castell-Dinas-Bran
1029 Plas Newydd
1778 Plas Newydd, from Road
1779 Plas Newydd
1780 Plas Newydd, Library
2787 Plas Newydd
2788 Plas Newydd, New Wing

1874-1877 (about)

These shows Plas Newydd just before and after General Yorke added the pseudo-timber framing to the facades.
Four photographs by John Thomas (1838-1905)
[Plas Newydd, Llangollen]
[Plas Newydd, Llangollen]
[Door in Plas Newydd, Llangollen]
[Effigy of St David, Plas Newydd, Llangollen]

1877-1879

artist: Lyne, F. C. H.,
NLW DV380, image 35

1968

Photograph of the demolition of General Yorke’s wings

1970

Photograph of the facade without the timber framing.