Llanberis Lake and Snowdon - Caernarvon, Wales about 1830 - 1835
Turner conveys the breathtaking grandeur and beauty of Llanberis Lake and the highest peaks of the Welsh mountains in this work, which is based on drawings he made in 1799. Watercolour washes suggest the misty atmosphere of the mountain range, while the detailed foreground is emphasised with touches of body-colour. The two men fishing watched by a mother and child suggest the awesome scale of the scene. This highly finished view was painted to be engraved for the series of plates, 'Picturesque Views in England and Wales', commissioned by the publisher Charles Heath. The first print appeared in 1826, but the venture failed commercially.

Glossary Open

Body-colour

Usually refers to watercolour mixed with white pigment that retains the fluidity of watercolour but without the transparency. The term gouache is also used.

Commission

When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.

Engraving

The printmaking technique in which an image is inscribed on a copper plate with a tool that cuts a groove in the surface. This groove holds the ink that creates the print when it is applied to paper. Also refers to the method of making an incision on a material such as glass.

Wash

A transparent layer of diluted ink or watercolour.

Watercolour

A paint with colouring and binding agents diluted with water. It has a transparent quality and is usually applied to paper.

Body-colour, Commission, Engraving, Wash, Watercolour

Details

  • Acc. No. D NG 884
  • Medium Watercolour, bodycolour, with pen and ink details on paper
  • Size 31.80 x 47.10 cm
  • Credit Henry Vaughan Bequest 1900