Joseph Mallord William Turner

Snowdon from the Valley of the Seiont

1798

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
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
D01352
Turner Bequest XXXVIII 98

Catalogue entry

This subject has much in common with the famous view of Snowdon painted by Richard Wilson (1713 –1782; versions at Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and Nottingham Castle Museum) from the west, looking up the valley of the Nantlle with Mynydd Mawr and Y Garn flanking the valley to left and right, with Llyn Nantlle in the centre. However, the artist Kyffin Williams (1918–2006) has suggested that it is perhaps a view of the mountain from rather further north, looking south-east along the valley of the River Seiont towards Llyn Padarn; see folios 65 recto and 66 recto (D01330, D01351; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 76, 97). Edward Yardley has pointed out similarities with the large watercolours of Cader Idris that Turner completed after this tour (currently untraced),1 and proposes that the mountain in this drawing is in fact Cader.2 Compare also folio 71 recto (D01337; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 83).
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.328 nos.259, reproduced, 260.
2
See Yardley 1986, p.57; this may be the drawing erroneously given there as on ‘p. 92’ of this sketchbook.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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