The Summit of Cader Idris Mountain

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The Summit of Cader Idris Mountain
The Summit of Cader Idris Mountain
The Summit of Cader Idris Mountain
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Edward (1724-1774) & Michael 'Angelo' Rooker (1746-1801) after Wilson
The Summit of Cader Idris Mountain
Published 1775
Line engraving and etching with hand colouring on moderately thick, moderately textured, cream laid paper
Metric: Sheet: 448 x 610 mm Plate: 403 x 546 mm
Imperial: Sheet: 17 5/8 x 24 in. Plate: 15 7/8 x 21 1/2 in.
Accession Number
Wilson Online Reference
A mountain top with a pool surrounded by a natural semi-circle of rock which peaks in the centre A second slope rises on the right and there is a view across a mountain range to the left, beyond a broad chasm. A man is shown looking through a telescope, another man is sitting on the right with an open paper and a third man holds his horse.
Acquired 1977
Lettered lower left: 'Richd. Wilson Pinxt.'; lower centre 'The Summit of Cader-Idris Mountain, | in North Wales.'; lower centre. 'Le Sommet de Cader-Idris, | Montagne dans la Principauté de Galles.'; lower right. 'E. & M. Rooker Sculpser[un]t.'
Collectors' marks
[1] Paul Mellon
Verso inscriptions
[1] Graphite, lower left: '16401 / 9 4/20'
[2] Graphite, lower right: '(IR74/648')'
Related Prints
E90 George Cooke after Wilson Cader Idris, The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth / Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru
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Related Paintings
P153 Llyn Cau, Cader Idris, Tate, London
P153A Llyn Cau, Cader Idris, Private Collection, Wales
P153B Llyn Cau, Cader Idris, Private Collection, England
Critical commentary
This print is one of the set, Six Views in North and South Wales, all after Wilson, published by John Boydell in 1775. As Edward Rooker died in November 1774 the plate was presumably completed by his son.
Previous Cat/Ref Nos
Object ID: 40371
R. Gough, Anecdotes of British Topography, London 1768, p. 603; Edwards 1808, p. 88
More Information
An impression belonged to William Lock of Norbury and featured in his sale, Sotheby's London 3-7 May 1821 (619).
In good condition