Joseph Mallord William Turner The Valley of the Glaslyn near Beddgelert, with Dinas Emrys 1799

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The Valley of the Glaslyn near Beddgelert, with Dinas Emrys
Date 1799
Medium Graphite, watercolour and gouache on paper
Dimensions Support: 556 x 772 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest LXX a
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Turner's visits to Wales in the last years of the eighteenth century resulted in a series of impressive watercolours of the valleys around Snowdon, many of which were clearly sketched and coloured in the open air. This view develops a composition Turner had already adopted on another sheet of paper, so it is possible that he worked it up at a later point on his tour, creating a more considered response to the scene. The introduction of cloud and mist on the mountains perhaps suggests that Turner was actually recording these effects from nature, but his earlier study also implies their presence, so he would have been able to work them up from memory.

September 2004

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