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Llyn-y-Cau, Cader Idris

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This picture shows the lake of Llyn-y-Cau, on the mountain of Cader Idris in North Wales. The ‘discovery’ of such rugged and uncultivated scenery was greatly stimulated by the taste for the Sublime: previously it would have seemed only raw and disorderly. Richard Wilson was one of the first to adapt the conventions of landscape painting to this sort of scenery, and was a major influence on other artists, including Turner. However, Wilson has still invented landscape features and heightened the precipice at the rear of the composition (Craig-y-Cau) to create a more simplified and balanced composition.

Tate Britain

London

Title

Llyn-y-Cau, Cader Idris

Date

?exhibited 1774

Medium

Oil on canvas

Measurements

H 51.1 x W 73 cm

Accession number

N05596

Acquisition method

Presented by Sir Edward Marsh 1945

Work type

Painting

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