Joseph Mallord William Turner

Mountains near Beddgelert, with Dinas Emrys


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite, watercolour and gouache on paper
Support: 550 × 767 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest LXX a

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Turner's visits to Wales in the last years of the eighteenth century resulted in a series of impressive watercolours of the valleys around Snowdon, many of which were clearly sketched and coloured in the open air. This view develops a composition Turner had already adopted on another sheet of paper, so it is possible that he worked it up at a later point on his tour, creating a more considered response to the scene. The introduction of cloud and mist on the mountains perhaps suggests that Turner was actually recording these effects from nature, but his earlier study also implies their presence, so he would have been able to work them up from memory.

Gallery label, September 2004

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Catalogue entry

This is a more evolved version of the large colour sketch, Tate D03643 (Turner Bequest LXX a B); both appear to be based on a sketch in the contemporary Dolbadarn sketchbook (Tate D02151; Turner Bequest XLVI 106). See also a similar view in the 1798 Hereford Court sketchbook (Tate D01345; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 91).
Technical notes:
There are traces of a vertical centre fold.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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