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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Glaslyn at Beddgelert 1798

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 55 Recto:
The Glaslyn at Beddgelert 1798
D01345
Turner Bequest XXXVIII 91
Pencil and watercolour on white wove paper, 229 x 332 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘XXXVIII 91’ bottom left, descending vertically
This rapid but atmospheric wash study may have been made, as Finberg suggested, high on a mountain, but it is more likely to be a scene in the valley of the Glaslyn near Beddgelert, at the foot of Moel Hebog, with Snowdon in the distance. Compare the large watercolours of this spot that Turner made in 1799 (Tate D03651, D04178; Turner Bequest LX a J, LXX a), where the principal outlines of the hills are almost identical. The upright stones in the centre middle distance are probably the piers of a bridge across the river.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘The Glaslyn at Beddgelert 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-the-glaslyn-at-beddgelert-r1173195, accessed 20 September 2019.