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Dolbadarn Castle
National Museum Wales, Cardiff
Ascribed to Wilson
Dolbadarn Castle
Oil on paper laid onto oak panel
42 x 47.2 cm
7 1/2 x 9 3/4 in.
NMW A 5203
The view is in Caernarvonshire (Gwynedd), North Wales, looking south along Llyn Padarn [sic], towards the ancient British fortress of Dolbadarn Castle and Llyn Peris beyond. A figure in red is visible beneath the cliffs on the far shore.
Bt from Shepherd, London 1911
D343 Dolbadarn Castle and Llyn Peris, The British Museum
E78/2 Havell after Wilson, The Ruined Fortress, The British Museum
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[1] Gaspard Dughet, Ideal Landscape , c.1658-60, Glasgow Museums
[2] Paul Sandby, Llyn Peris and Dolbadarn Castle, watercolour, 1764, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
[3] George Barret Sr, Llanberis Lake and Dolbadarn Castle in the Mountains of Wales, 1777, Nottingham Castle Art Gallery and Museum, Nottingham
[4] J.M.W. Turner, Dolbadarn Castle, RA 1800, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Compositionally the present painting is most closely related to P120D.
Pennant 1784, vol. 2, p. 157; WGC, p. 177, pl. 37b version II, 4
Kate Lowry has noted: Thick paper support, now discoloured brown, later stuck down onto oak panel. There is no ground, the colour of the paper forms the base colour in the dark areas. There is extensive underdrawing visible in infra red light. The style of the underdrawing suggests this is indeed a sketch by Wilson.