Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dolbadarn Castle from the East

1799

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 130 × 79 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02049
Turner Bequest XLVI 38 a

Catalogue entry

The drawing is continued on folio 39 recto opposite (D02050). This is an unusual view of Dolbadarn, taken from the lower slopes of Snowdon; the surrounding mountains are distorted and reduced in scale, and Llyn Peris is reduced to little more than a round pool far below. It must be assumed that Turner assembled elements from the landscape at Dolbadarn, composing them arbitrarily into this scene in which scale is not consistent and topography is falsified. Other views in which Dolbadarn figures are folios 21 recto, 41 recto and 44 recto (D02026, D02054, D02060).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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