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Snowdon from Llanfrothen

© the estate of Stanley Spencer. All rights reserved / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

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Spencer resigned from the Royal Academy in 1935 after two of his works were rejected and in 1938 he was in dire financial straits. This view was painted at Llanfrothen, near Harlech, in September and early October of that year when he was staying with his first wife Hilda near Snowdon. Instead of locating the mountain in the centre of the composition, Spencer compressed it in the top right corner, concentrating attention on the fields and foothills rolling towards its peak.

National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff


Snowdon from Llanfrothen




oil on canvas


H 50.9 x W 76.2 cm

Accession number

NMW A 2166

Acquisition method

purchased from A. Tooth and Sons Ltd, 1938

Work type


Inscription description

Backing board: 4 NMW Labels Label: LOAN EXHIBITION OF PICTURES FROM THE NATIOANL MUSEUM OF WALES Agnew's Galleries London 1956 STANLEY SPENCER Snowden from Llanfrothen CAT NO.550 Label: From NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WALES, CARDIFF CF1 3NP Stanley Spencer. Snowden from Llanfrothen Label: NMW 554 (inscribed) 38.841 Frame: Label: 341 ARTHUR TOOTH & SONS LTD FINE ART GALLERIES 155 NEW BOND ST LONDON W.1 Canvas Stamp: WINDSOR & NEWTON LONDON, ENGLAND Not signed or dated.


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