J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Lake among Mountains 1798

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 50 Recto:
A Lake among Mountains 1798
Turner Bequest XXXVIII 99
Pencil and watercolour with stopping-out on white wove paper, 229 x 332 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘XXXVIII 99’ bottom left, descending vertically
The scale of the mountains in this view seems to indicate that we are in central Snowdonia, and although it has not been identified for certain, it seems likely that it shows Llyn Gwynant, looking north towards the peaks of Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach partly in cloud on the skyline. It is worked up in dense, rich watercolour like the view of Maes-y-garnedd on folio 52 recto (D01349; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 95).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘A Lake among Mountains 1798 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-lake-among-mountains-r1173189, accessed 19 January 2022.