Sir William Nicholson
The Hill above Harlech c.1917

Artwork details

The Hill above Harlech
Date c.1917
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 537 x 594 mm
frame: 626 x 681 x 70 mm
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Knapping Fund 1968
Not on display

Display caption

The Nicholsons lived at Harlech in North Wales towards the end of the First World War and later. This view is from high above Harlech Castle, which is itself on the edge of a hill, and looks across Tremadoc Bay to the mountains on the Lleyn Peninsula. It is seems to be by moonlight, after rain, with a reflection from a slate roof and a pattern of shadows cast by the walls around the fields.

Nicholson began to paint landscapes in these sudued colours in about 1909, when he moved to Rottingdean on the Sussex coast.

September 2004

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