Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Mountain: Craig y Foel

1792

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 160 × 210 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00142
Turner Bequest XII M

Catalogue entry

This distinctively shaped hill seems to be the feature recorded in Turner’s small watercolour, now in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, of Craig y Voel1 inscribed by the artist ‘Craggy Voyle near the River Ellen’ and ‘near Rhaidder’ (see the introductory remarks to this section). The details of cottages and broken fencing in the foreground are repeated with variations in the watercolour. The Elan Valley is now the site of reservoirs for the City of Birmingham, and the land round the foot of Craig y Voel is flooded, with a dam to the right of this view.
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.303 no.29, reproduced.
Technical notes:
The watermark is continuous with the ‘GR’ on Tate D00139 (Turner Bequest XII L), which is the other half of the original sheet.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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