Joseph Mallord William Turner Lake Llanberis and Dolbadarn Castle 1799–1800

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Lake Llanberis and Dolbadarn Castle
Date 1799–1800
Medium Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 557 x 764 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest LXX X
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Dolbadern Castle was one of Turner's favourite Welsh motifs. The distinctive round keep of the Norman castle stands on a rocky promontory at the edge of
Lake Llanberis.


The visual impact of Dolbadern was not the only fascination for Turner. He was also interested in the broader historical associations of the castle. It was thought to be the place where a Welsh prince
was imprisoned by his own brother for over twenty years. The perfect stillness
of the lake and sky lend an ethereal quality to this study.


September 2002

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