Joseph Mallord William Turner

View towards Snowdon from Nantlle

1799

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 79 x 130 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02036
Turner Bequest XLVI 27 a

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the page turned horizontally, this is the view towards Snowdon from near Nantlle, about three miles east of the Harlech-Caernarfon road at Penegroes. The composition is one that Richard Wilson (1713–1782) had made famous in a celebrated picture, Snowdon from Llyn Nantlle, of which two versions exist, in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, and the Nottingham Castle Museum (1765–7).
Here, Snowdon itself is mostly obscured by cloud. The two spurs that flank the vista are, on the left, Mynnydd Mawr, and on the right Y Garn.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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