N04653 LLYN TREWERYN 1912
Oil on panel, 12 1/2×16 (31·5×40·5).
Purchased from Antonio Gandarillas (Clarke Fund) 1932.
Coll: Purchased by Antonio Gandarillas from the artist 1914.
Lit: John Fothergill, James Dickson Innes, 1946, pp.6, 12; John, 1952, pp.202–3.
Repr: Marriot, n.d., pl.6 (in colour); Picture Post, II, 18 March 1939, p.44 (in colour).
For many years this picture was known as ‘The Blue Pool’ and it was only when it was bought by the Tate Gallery that its correct title was confirmed by the artist to be ‘Llyn Treweryn’.
It is most likely that John first visited North Wales with John Sampson, the Romany scholar, during 1901–2 when the artist was living in Liverpool. It was between 1910 and 1913 that John returned to North Wales, this time with the artist J. D. Innes, who had a great influence on him. It was Innes who liberated John's colour which became clear and bright, and John was obviously also influenced by Innes's broad handling of paint.
Llyn Treweryn is a little lake in North Central Merioneth which, together with Arenig and Llyn Arenig Fawr, forms a triangle in which John painted most of his Welsh landscapes.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I