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Study for Snowdon from Llyn Nantlle
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Study for Snowdon from Llyn Nantlle
c.1765 (undated)
Graphite on two sheets of cream laid paper laid down on grey paper with wash lining in black ink, the whole laid down on cream card
Object: 316 x 430 mm; image pages together: 207 x 321 mm
Object: 12 7/16 x 16 15/16 in.; image pages together: 8 1/8 x 12 5/8 in.
An eastward view from the western end of Llyn Nantlle, Gwynedd, North Wales, where a stream called Afon Llyfynwy runs out of the lake. Several boats are sailing on the lake and three figures in the centre foreground are silhouetted against it. Beyond them in the distance is Y Wyddfa, the summit of Snowdon, and beneath it a knoll, known as Clogwyn y Gareg. In the middle ground are the slopes of Mynydd Mawr (left) and two unidentified peaks (right).
A. Chariatte; Sir Bruce Ingram; P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., London; purchased by the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 1963
Unsigned; inscribed by Wilson:
[1[ Upper right in graphite: Snowdon
[2] Left centre in graphite: Rain | Bow
Other words dimly visible but undiscernible
[1] Verso, red stamp, lower left corner: AC within a rectangle, A. Chariatte (Lugt Suppl. 88a)
[2] Verso, lower right corner, black ink stamp: 'I' in octagonal frame, Sir Bruce Ingram (Lugt Suppl. 1504a)
[1] Secondary support inscribed lower right: A325
[2] Lower centre, pencil: 115
D4 Box Hill, Surrey, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, New Haven
D263 Coast Scene, near Barmouth, The British Museum
D370 Conway Castle, The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth / Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru
E30 William Woollett after Wilson Snowden Hill and the adjacent Country in North Wales (1775); and other states and impressions
P152 Snowdon from Llyn Nantlle, Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool and other versions
[1] Thomas Sunderland Snowdon from Llyn Nantlle watercolour, National Museum Wales, NMW A 5767
[2] J.M.W. Turner, Buttermere Lake, with Part of Cromackwater, Cumberland, a Shower, RA 1798, Tate, London (N00460 )
Clearly taken on the spot, the drawing is on two pages of a sketch book, each 162 mm (6 in.) wide. Other double pages from the same book seem to be D4 and D370. David Solkin proposed D263 as a single page from the same sketchbook and a further page with a drawing of a ruined tower is known but currently unlocated.
Solkin 1978, p. 409, pl. 25a
Some brown spotting overall. The supports are delaminating at the lower right corner.