N05286 CRAIG-Y-BERE 1939
Inscr. ‘Ian Strang 1939’ b.l.
Pencil, 14 7/8×21 (38×53).
Presented by the artist's mother-in-law Mrs R. M. Bateman 1941.
The artist's wife has recorded (letter of 5 December 1957) that the scene in Caernarvonshire, below the Drws-y-Coed pass at the head of the Nantlle valley. The drawing was made from the terrace of a deserted cottage named Clogwyn Brwnt (i.e. ‘harsh or cruel precipice’), which faces the crag. On the left lie the scattered cottages which formed part of a mining hamlet in the valley below. Craig-y-Bere means a precipitous crag, which in this case is composed of jagged points of rock thrust up from the scree face.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II