Joseph Mallord William Turner

View from Drws y Coed towards Nantlle and Pengroes

1799

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 79 × 130 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02146
Turner Bequest XLVI 103

Catalogue entry

Turner’s inscription on this drawing, made with the page turned horizontally, is almost illegible; it was transcribed by Finberg as ‘Quathlynn’, interpreted as Llyn Cwellyn.1 Drws y Coed is the pass that runs between Mynydd Mawr and Y Garn, and Turner draws the view looking west towards the coastal plain, with Llyn Nantlle in the distance and the small town of Penegroes beyond. Llyn Cwellyn lies behind Mynydd Mawr, at the head of this defile. See the drawing on folio 64 verso (D02095), which shows Mynydd Mawr and Drws y Coed from above, on the slopes of Snowdon.
There is a separate study of a mountain at the top right.
1
Finberg 1909, I, p.117.
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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