Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Valley in Snowdonia

1798

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 229 x 332 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01296
Turner Bequest XXXVIII 43

Catalogue entry

Finberg guessed that this drawing shows Snowdon from Capel Curig,1 but the viewpoint is plainly closer to the mountain, which looms high over the spectator’s head. We are perhaps standing in Nant Gwynant, near Llyn Gwynant, to the south-east of the peak. Turner would have recorded the view on his way east towards Capel Curig; see folio 70 recto (D01332; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 78).
1
Finberg 1909, I, p.86.
Technical notes:
There are colour smears along the lower edge of the drawing.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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