Joseph Mallord William Turner

Mountains between Llanberis and Nant Ffrancon

1799

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 79 x 130 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02119
Turner Bequest XLVI 82 a

Catalogue entry

As Finberg suggests,1 the last word of Turner’s inscription may indicate Nant Ffrancon. There is no direct road between Llanberis and the Pass of Nant Ffrancon, but it is possible that Turner walked over the flank of Elidir Fawr from one pass to the other; he certainly seems to have climbed at least part of the way up that mountain, as is suggested by the drawings on folios 19 verso, 20 recto and 20 verso (D02023–D02025).
1
Finberg 1909, I, p.117.
Technical notes:
There are some smears of grey and brown from folio 83 recto opposite (D02120).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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