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Llyn Peris and Dolbadarn Castle, North Wales
Private Collection, Nottinghamshire
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782) and later intervention
Llyn Peris and Dolbadarn Castle, North Wales
Undated
Oil on canvas
43 x 52.7 cm
16 15/16 x 20 3/4 in.
Private Collection, Nottinghamshire
P120D
The view is based on Caernarvonshire, North Wales, looking south along the lake Llyn Peris towards the ancient British fortress of Dolbadarn Castle. However, there is no trace of Snowdon in the distance behind and the buildings next to the tower have an Italianate appearance. A figure in red is visible on the far shore.
Probably J.E.Fattorini, Bradford; J.C.Butterwick; Thomas Agnew, sold between 1940 and 1946; Anon sale, Sotheby's, London, 6 April 1993 (67), bt present owner
Unsigned, no inscription
Angular outlines of the sky around the buildings may be explained as overpaint related to the golden patch to their right. The figure at the left has been left schematic in style. An extra illogical 'tree' to the right of the left hand group, perhaps painted to hide vertical damage, is no longer evident. Contrast between the dark foreground tones and the light background is normal.
D343Dolbadarn Castle and Llyn Peris, The British Museum
E78/2 Havell after Wilson, The Ruined Fortress, The British Museum
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Gaspard Dughet, Ideal Landcape , c.1658-1660, Glasgow Museums
Paul Sandby Llyn Peris and Dolbadaran Castle, 1764, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
George Barret, Llanberis Lake and Dolbadarn Castle in the Mountains of Wales, 1777, Nottingham Castle Art Gallery and Museum, Nottingham
Pennant 1784, p. 157; WGC, pp. 176-7, pl. 37b II(1)
Cream/grey ground. There was some repainting of the smaller tree surrounds at the right and a marked pentimento of a figure under the water in the foreground on a horse, going to the right and led by another figure to the left (no longer visible). Much retouching is visible under UV light. The contrast between the dark foreground tones and the light background is normal. Blanched retouchings round the silhouetted trees on the right in the middle distance have not been concealed. The picture, on a 19th century stretcher, seems to have been partly cleaned intermittently. Relined twice, latterly c.1900-20, when considerable areas of foliage must have overheated, thus accounting for its unusual appearance. Conserved in 2013.