Richard Wilson

Llyn-y-Cau, Cader Idris

?exhibited 1774

Not on display

Richard Wilson 1713–1782
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 511 × 730 mm
frame: 670 × 895 × 73 mm
Presented by Sir Edward Marsh 1945

Display caption

This picture shows the lake of Llyn-y-Cau, on the mountain of Cader Idris in North Wales. The ‘discovery’ of such rugged and uncultivated scenery was greatly stimulated by the taste for the sublime: previously it would have seemed only raw and disorderly. Richard Wilson was one of the first to adapt the conventions of landscape painting to this sort of scenery, and was a major influence on other artists, including Turner. However, Wilson has still invented landscape features and heightened the precipice at the rear of the composition (Craig-y-Cau) to create a more simplified and balanced composition.

Gallery label, February 2016

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