Joseph Mallord William Turner

North Wales: Mountains; a Waterfall; Rocks and Houses

1798

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 332 x 229 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01299
Turner Bequest XXXVIII 46

Catalogue entry

Finberg suggested the subject as ‘Falls of Ceunant Mawr’. The contemporary North Wales artist Jeremy Yates has pointed out that the sheet contains two or possibly three separate drawings.1 At the top is a broad view of mountains overlooking a valley; in the centre, a high rocky cliff with a waterfall; this may be Ceunant, above Llyn Gwynant, or possibly the Ogwen Falls at the head of Nant Ffrancon; and below, rocks and the roofs of houses. The last may have been drawn looking across the flat rocks that occur above Pont-y-Pair, the bridge at Betws-y-Coed that Turner recorded on folio 79 recto (D01302; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 49).
1
Personal communication.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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