Valley of the Mawddach with Cader Idris Beyond

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A mountainous landscape in Wales viewed from a high vantage point, with an overall grey-green tone. In the left foreground is a dark slope with trees silhouetted against the sky and large boulders at its foot; below this, a group of figures on horseback negotiate their way downhill towards trees lining the river Mawddach below, which meanders along the valley from the right bottom corner of the composition towards the centre. A slope scattered with trees rises gently up to the right on the far side of the river; from behind this rise, a more thickly wooded slope emerges to ascend up towards the left edge of the composition. On the horizon are the hazy peaks of Cader Idris and Myndd Moel. The scene is lit by pale yellow sunshine coming from behind and to the left of these mountains.

Manchester Art Gallery



Valley of the Mawddach with Cader Idris Beyond




oil on canvas


H 91.7 x W 106.7 cm

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purchased from Shepherd Bros, 1905

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