Joseph Mallord William Turner

View across a Valley towards Cader Idris

?1799–1800

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 667 x 843 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04187
Turner Bequest LXX j

Catalogue entry

Apparently derived from a drawing in the 1798 Hereford Court sketchbook (Tate D01352; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 98), this large study is a preparatory essay for the watercolour known as Cader Idris,1 of which there is a second version.2 Both study and finished works may date from slightly earlier than 1799, and this sheet, with its bold stopping- and lifting-out and layering of soft transparent colours, can be grouped with a Dolbadarn Castle study (Tate D04166; Turner Bequest LXX O) and another of Moel Hebog from above Llyn Dinas (Tate D01115; Turner Bequest XXXVI U).
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.328 no.259, reproduced, and pl.49 (colour detail).
2
Ibid., no.260.
Verso:
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Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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