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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner View from Dolbadarn towards the Pass of Llanberis 1798

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 32 Recto:
View from Dolbadarn towards the Pass of Llanberis 1798
Turner Bequest XXXIX 32
Pencil on white wove writing paper, 170 x 266 mm
Part watermark ‘1794’
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘32’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘XXXIX 32’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The viewpoint of this drawing, made with the page turned horizontally, seems to have been close to Dolbadarn Castle; it is possible that it was taken from the top of the ruined tower of the castle. It shows Llanberis Lake on the left, with the slopes of Glyder Fawr beyond. The mountain above it is Glydir Fawr, and the large mass at the right of the view Snowdon itself.
Dolbadarn Castle is shown in its surrounding landscape on folio 33 recto (D01388); see that entry for other drawings of Dolbadarn made on this tour.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘View from Dolbadarn towards the Pass of Llanberis 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-view-from-dolbadarn-towards-the-pass-of-llanberis-r1173615, accessed 24 November 2020.