Joseph Mallord William Turner

Yr Aran and Y Wyddfa

c.1799–1800

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 548 x 770 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D03644
Turner Bequest LX a C

Catalogue entry

This subject, formerly thought to show Y Cnicht and Moelwyn Mawr, is in fact a view in the Pass of Aberglaslyn, taken from the slopes of Moel Hebog, with the valley of Cwmbuchan to the right.1 Turner’s precocity in technique and conception in this and other works of this Snowdonia series is pointed up by the curious fact that Gerald Agnew, of the Bond Street art dealers, suggested that the sheet might be attributed to Peter de Wint (1784–1849), a leading member of the next generation of the watercolour school.2
1
Identification by Gareth Lloyd Davies, letter to the author, 31 March 1985.
2
Undated MS note by British Museum curator Edward Croft-Murray in an interleaved copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, opposite p.162.
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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