Joseph Mallord William Turner

Landscape with Cader Idris

c.1798–9

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour and chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 140 × 216 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01873
Turner Bequest XLIII 48 a

Catalogue entry

Made with the page turned horizontally, this and the study of an almost identical subject on folio 50 verso (D01875; Turner Bequest XLIII 49a) are probably related to the two large watercolours of Cader Idris (both currently untraced);1 see also Tate D04187 (Turner Bequest LXX j). A drawing in the 1798 Hereford Court sketchbook (Tate D01352; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 98) seems to be of the same mountain.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.328 no.259, reproduced and pl.49 (colour detail), and no.260.

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