Joseph Mallord William Turner

Cader Idris from the North-East

1798

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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
D01283
Turner Bequest XXXVIII 31

Catalogue entry

It is not clear exactly what vantage point Turner drew from here, though the view is apparently to the north-east of Cader Idris, looking down the valley of the Afon Wnion, perhaps above Pont Llanrhaiad. For a note on other sketches of Cader in this book see folio 46 recto (Tate D01284; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 32).
Verso:
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Pont Newydd’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram. ‘Pont Newydd’ may refer to some as a yet unidentified spot in the valley of the Wnion River; see comments on the recto. However, Finberg identified ‘Pont Newydd’ as the small village to the south of Ffestiniog,1 much farther north on Turner’s route into Snowdonia. He may have noted the name here after having heard of possible lodgings there.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.85.

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