Joseph Mallord William Turner
The Estuary of the Mawddach 1798

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The Estuary of the Mawddach
From Hereford Court Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XXXVIII
Date 1798
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 229 x 332 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XXXVIII 34
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Catalogue entry

The inscription on the verso identifies this as a view on the Mawddach at Maes-y-garnedd near Llanelltyd, a mile north-west of Dolgellau, looking west down the estuary towards Barmouth. The distant hills are then presumably Clogau and, farther away, the southern arm of Dyffryn Ardudwy. Turner has recorded some boat-building activity in the foreground.
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Massygarnedd’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram. Compare folio 52 recto (D01349; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 95) in this book, which also bears the name ‘Massygarnedd’, but clearly shows a different and more mountainous region.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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