Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Glaslyn at Beddgelert

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 x 332 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01345
Turner Bequest XXXVIII 91

Catalogue entry

This rapid but atmospheric wash study may have been made, as Finberg suggested, high on a mountain, but it is more likely to be a scene in the valley of the Glaslyn near Beddgelert, at the foot of Moel Hebog, with Snowdon in the distance. Compare the large watercolours of this spot that Turner made in 1799 (Tate D03651, D04178; Turner Bequest LX a J, LXX a), where the principal outlines of the hills are almost identical. The upright stones in the centre middle distance are probably the piers of a bridge across the river.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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