Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Estuary of the Mawddach

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
D01286
Turner Bequest XXXVIII 34

Catalogue entry

The inscription on the verso identifies this as a view on the Mawddach at Maes-y-garnedd near Llanelltyd, a mile north-west of Dolgellau, looking west down the estuary towards Barmouth. The distant hills are then presumably Clogau and, farther away, the southern arm of Dyffryn Ardudwy. Turner has recorded some boat-building activity in the foreground.
Verso:
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Massygarnedd’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram. Compare folio 52 recto (D01349; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 95) in this book, which also bears the name ‘Massygarnedd’, but clearly shows a different and more mountainous region.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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