Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dolbadarn Castle, Llanberis, with Glyder Fawr and Snowdon

1798

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 170 x 266 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01388
Turner Bequest XXXIX 33

Catalogue entry

A more distant view of the same group of mountains is on folio 32 recto (D01387). Turner made a study of Dolbadarn on its promontory beside Lake Llanberis in his contemporary Hereford Court sketchbook (Tate D01300; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 47), which was to attract a number of commissions. The castle became an important image of Welsh history for Turner, who submitted an oil painting of it as his Diploma Work for the Royal Academy of Arts, London in 1802.1
The view across the lake with Snowdon beyond is the subject of a series of experimental watercolours (Tate D03642, D04175–D04177, D04180–D04182; Turner Bequest LX a A, LXX X, Y, Z, c, d, e).
1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.9–10 no.12, pl.7 (colour).
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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