Joseph Mallord William Turner

Cader Idris: Looking up towards Llyn Cau

1798

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 229 × 332 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01339
Turner Bequest XXXVIII 85

Catalogue entry

This is a more fully worked-up version of the view recorded on folio 44 recto (D01324; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 70). Traces of the watercolour washes used in completing it have spread onto folio 46 recto (D01284; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 32). Here the presence of the volcanic lake, Llyn Cau, is suggested by a pale strip below the steep cliffs of rock in the distance. Finberg identified the spot as Llyn Idwal, a similar volcanic lake on the north side of the summit of Glyder Fawr (which is not, as he states, near Betws-y-Coed).1 For a note on other sketches of Cader in this book see under D01284.
1
Finberg 1909, I, p.88.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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