Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Cader Idris from Castell y Bere

1798

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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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
D01288
Turner Bequest XXXVIII 36

Catalogue entry

Finberg’s conjecture that the view shows Cader Idris1 is very likely correct, though the ridge line is exaggeratedly broken (perhaps Turner’s attempt to reconstruct it while it was obscured by cloud). The viewpoint seems to be Castell y Bere, a ruined castle on a knoll a little way to the west of Cader. The division of the fields in the centre of the drawing immediately below the foreground drop has been preserved until the present day. Finberg’s suggestion that Plynlimmon is visible beyond is less plausible. For a note on other sketches of Cader in this book see folio 46 recto (D01284; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 32).
1
Finberg 1909, I, p.85.
Technical notes:
There are watercolour smears along edges of sheet.
Verso:
Blank; a slight pencil mark; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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