Joseph Mallord William Turner

North Wales: A Single-Arched Stone Bridge and a Cottage, with ?Aran Fawddwy Beyond

c.1798

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 277 x 434 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00872
Turner Bequest XXXIII A

Display caption

Artists were drawn to the
mountainous scenery of Wales at
the end of the eighteenth century,
when the Napoleonic wars prevented
safe travel to the continent. Welsh
scenery offered the dramatic qualities
of the Alps within British shores.

 

Turner made his first of five tours to
Wales in 1792. In 1798 he made his
most comprehensive tour, travelling
over five hundred miles through north
and south Wales. These excursions provided Turner with the inspiration
to develop the scale, technique and grandeur of his watercolours.

Gallery label, August 2004

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