SOME of these impressions are of working sites, others show Newport in conflict while others show visions of tranquility.

Art has also been used to imagine how Newport may have looked, when the brush has been the clearest way to evoke views of long ago.

The Newport ship features in two pictures.

One was commissioned by the Friends of the Newport Ship from one of the UK’s leading marine artists, Peter Power.

Another, by artist Anne Leave is of Newport at the time of the medieval ship with help from historian Bob Trett.

The view shows a wooden bridge over the river and moored where the town wall meets the Usk is a familiar-looking medieval ship.

The picture The Home Front by Stanley Lewis from 1940 depicts the civil and volunteer services who defended Newport during the Second World War.

The Monmouthshire Canal at Newport by Joseph Walter is in the collection of Newport Museum and Art Gallery.

The painting from around 1850 depicts people crossing the canal at Newport carrying loads to waiting ships on the Usk.

A drawing by Argus writer Fred Hando shows the canal at Allt-yr-Yn serenely flowing beneath a stone bridge.

The woodcut of the massacre of Chartist protestors outside the Westgate Hotel provides a chilling contrast.

A picture of wartime still manages to produce a tranquil scene. Balloon Barrage, Newport by George Robert William Phillis shows a peaceful looking Newport, with the balloons looming protectively above the town.

The ferocity of war seems a world away.