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Technique and condition
This is based on a pencil sketch in the 1798 North Wales sketchbook (Tate D01372; Turner Bequest XXXIX 17); a related study, in the unusual medium of black chalk and stump, is Tate D03422 (Turner Bequest LVIII 43), catalogued by Finberg among the ‘Scottish Pencils’.1 The present tentative identification of the view is due to the artist John Doyle.2 It was shown in the 1984 Turner in Wales exhibition under the title ‘View towards Snowdon from above Traeth Bach, with Moel Hebog and Aberglaslyn (?)’.
The unfinished condition of this study renders it especially valuable in demonstrating Turner’s methods of work at this important juncture in his technical development. In its bold use of superimposed washes of transparent colour, articulated by areas of stopping out, it can be compared with the large study of (Tate D04166; Turner Bequest LXX O).
Sheet torn and dirty