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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Mountain: Craig y Foel 1792

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Mountain: Craig y Foel 1792
Turner Bequest XII M
Pencil on off-white laid paper, 160 x 210 mm.
Watermark: a crown
Inscribed in red ink ‘XII M’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘XII M’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This distinctively shaped hill seems to be the feature recorded in Turner’s small watercolour, now in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, of Craig y Voel1 inscribed by the artist ‘Craggy Voyle near the River Ellen’ and ‘near Rhaidder’ (see the introductory remarks to this section). The details of cottages and broken fencing in the foreground are repeated with variations in the watercolour. The Elan Valley is now the site of reservoirs for the City of Birmingham, and the land round the foot of Craig y Voel is flooded, with a dam to the right of this view.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.303 no.29, reproduced.
Technical notes:
The watermark is continuous with the ‘GR’ on Tate D00139 (Turner Bequest XII L), which is the other half of the original sheet.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘A Mountain: Craig y Foel 1792 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2012, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-mountain-craig-y-foel-r1141124, accessed 21 September 2021.