Joseph Mallord William Turner
?The Brecon Beacons 1798

Artwork details

?The Brecon Beacons
From Swans Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XLII
Date 1798
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 174 x 125 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XLII 96
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Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the drawing is continued on folio 49 recto opposite (D01772; Turner Bequest XLI 97). Despite the apparent indication of snow on these hills, it is more likely that the white gouache has been used to indicate the fall of sunlight; there is no indication that this book was used in North Wales or Snowdonia, and most of the identifiable sites are fairly close to the Brecon Beacons or the Black Mountains.

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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