Joseph Mallord William Turner

View in the Sychnant Pass, Looking West

1799

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 131 × 78 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02084
Turner Bequest XLVI 57 a

Catalogue entry

Made with the page turned horizontally, the drawing is continued on folio 58 recto opposite (D02085). The quickest route from Conwy to Penmaenmawr was along the shore, but that was often impassable, and the inland road crosses the Sychnant Pass, a dramatic gorge among wild hills, just south of Penmaen-bach, a mile or so west of Conwy. It is now bypassed by the main coast road. It seems that Turner followed this inland route as far as the moors above the headland of Penmaenmawr, and stopped to draw at the site of the stone circle there; see folio 55 recto (D02079).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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