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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner View of Dolgellau, with Cader Idris Beyond 1798

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 42 Recto:
View of Dolgellau, with Cader Idris Beyond 1798
Turner Bequest XXXVIII 30
Pencil on white wove paper, 229 x 332 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom centre
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘30’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘XXXVIII 30’ bottom left, descending vertically
There is a long geographical interval between Cilgerran Castle, the subject of the previous few sheets of this book, and Dolgellau, shown here. Turner visited Lampeter, Aberystwyth and Machynlleth on his way north, making a few sketches in his Dynevor Castle book (Tate; Turner Bequest XL). He now resumes work in the larger format of the Hereford Court book, having reached, with Cader Idris, the beginning of the North Welsh mountains. His viewpoint here is to the north of Dolgellau, with the mountain looming behind the town to the south, and to the right the village of Llanelltyd (Llanylltud) with its many-arched medieval bridge over the River Mawddach. He seems to have become preoccupied with Cader, exploring the area round it with some thoroughness, and drawing its outline from as many angles as possible, though the following fifteen pages of the book are not all conclusively identified as showing this region. For a note on other sketches of Cader in this book see folio 46 recto (D01284; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 32).
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘View of Dolgellau, with Cader Idris Beyond 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-of-dolgellau-with-cader-idris-beyond-r1173180, accessed 19 January 2022.