Frist Center for the Visual Arts (Nashville, USA): The Sea and the Alps: Turner's Quest for the Sublime
The identification of this view is uncertain. Exhibited in Turner in Wales in 1984 under the present title, it was formerly thought to show a view looking towards Snowdon and the Pass of Llanberis, with Elidir Fawr and Moel Eilio. However, the broad sandflats in the foreground of the scene suggest the estuary of the Glaslyn, known as Traeth Mawr or ‘Great Beach’ until reclaimed under the drainage schemes of William Madocks, who created Porthmadog in the early years of the nineteenth century; see the entry for the note at the beginning of the 1798 Hereford Court sketchbook (Tate D01247; Turner Bequest XXXVIII, recto of front flyleaf).
There are traces of a vertical centre fold.
- seascapes and coasts(8,003)