Joseph Mallord William Turner

?View towards Moel Hebog from above Llyn Dinas


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Watercolour on paper
Support: 660 x 850 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XXXVI U

Technique and condition

Catalogue entry

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 (?)’.
Finberg 1909, I, p.157, as ‘Taymouth’, c.1801.
Personal communication.
Technical notes:
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

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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