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Cader Idris, with the Mawddach River
Cleveland Museum of Art, Leonard C. Hanna, Jnr. Fund
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Cader Idris, with the Mawddach River
c.1774 (undated)
Oil on canvas
89.8 x 105.5 cm
35 5/16 x 41 1/2 in.
The view is of the peaks of Cader Idris and Mynydd Moel from a point several miles to the north-east, near the banks of the River Mawddach in Merionethshire. The town of Dolgellau is hidden by the hill on the right of the view and a house called Gelligemlyn is visible in the valley.
RA 1774 (316) - a version entitled View of Caderidris Mountains in north Wales ; Corporation of London, Guildhall 1899 Loan Exhibition of Works by J.M.W. Turner and his Contemporaries (162); London, Cardiff and New Haven, 1982-83 (136b); London, Agnews 1989, Master Paintings - Recent Acquisitions (39); Denver 1993 (7)
Col. Michael Glazebrook, Junior Carlton Club, Pall Mall, sold Christie's 21 June 1890 (131; £99-15-0); H.W. Worsley-Taylor; F. Worsley-Taylor Q.C. by 1892; Sir James Worsley-Taylor and by descent to Miss Dorothea Worsley-Taylor, Haslemere, Surrey; Sotheby's 15 March 1978 (113); Leggatt & Sons, London; on loan to the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff 1978-83); with Leggatt, London in 1984; 1989, bought by the Cleveland Museum of Art
Unsigned; no inscription
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Although almost all of Wilson's earlier pictures of Wales suggest some association with that country's heroic past, here the emphasis is on the pleasing beauty of the land. Katharine Baetjer has noted that the loosely brushed sky at the upper right and the soft, misty light over the river contribute to the naturalistic effect.
CMA 89.52
WGC pp. 180-81, pl. 45a (untraced version); Solkin 1982, pp. 241-242, no. 136b; Baetjer 1993, pp. 100-101
Dimensions framed: 105.5 x120.5 x 7 cm (41 1/2 x 47 7/16 x 2 3/4 in.)