Girtin first experienced mountain scenery on a tour to North Wales in 1798. This encouraged him to develop new types of composition, in order to capture the monumental grandeur shown in the View near Beddgelert, North Wales (no.116), and the thrill of looking up at the raging torrent of The Falls of the Ogwen, North Wales (no.121). A year earlier, Girtin’s experience of the wide open coastal vistas of Devon and Cornwall, in the west of England, had encouraged him to pioneer the use of a panoramic format in landscape watercolours, with which he captured the effect of a bright summer’s day at Appledore, North Devon (no.110)