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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Cader Idris from the North-East 1798

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 43 Recto:
Cader Idris from the North-East 1798
Turner Bequest XXXVIII 31
Pencil on white wove paper, 229 x 332 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom centre
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘31’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘XXXVIII 31’ bottom left, descending vertically
It is not clear exactly what vantage point Turner drew from here, though the view is apparently to the north-east of Cader Idris, looking down the valley of the Afon Wnion, perhaps above Pont Llanrhaiad. For a note on other sketches of Cader in this book see folio 46 recto (Tate D01284; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 32).
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Pont Newydd’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram. ‘Pont Newydd’ may refer to some as a yet unidentified spot in the valley of the Wnion River; see comments on the recto. However, Finberg identified ‘Pont Newydd’ as the small village to the south of Ffestiniog,1 much farther north on Turner’s route into Snowdonia. He may have noted the name here after having heard of possible lodgings there.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

Finberg 1909, I, p.85.

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Cader Idris from the North-East 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-cader-idris-from-the-north-east-r1173181, accessed 02 April 2020.