Joseph Mallord William Turner
View in Wales: Mountain Scene with Village and Castle - Evening c.1799–1800

Artwork details

Artist
Title
View in Wales: Mountain Scene with Village and Castle - Evening
Date c.1799–1800
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 581 x 727 x 20 mm
frame: 822 x 972 x 140 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
N00466
On display at Tate Britain

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The tours Turner made to Wales in the 1790s were formative experiences, encompassing mountain scenery and picturesque ruins. By the end of the decade he had become an admirer of the Welsh artist Richard Wilson (1713–1782), who recorded his native landscape with a classical restraint. Turner even travelled to the earlier artist’s birthplace at Penegoes in Montgomeryshire. This work was painted at that time, but not exhibited. It may have been developed as an exercise in the manner of Wilson. Or perhaps Turner hoped to find a buyer among the amateurs who came to him for drawing or painting lessons.

February 2016

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