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John Warwick Smith, 1749–1831
The Lakes of Llanberis - from the Road from Caernarfon Going to Llanberis, Caernarfonshire
Additional Title(s):
The Lakes of Llanberis, from the Road from Carnarvon Going to Llanberis, Carnarvonshire, July 14, 1792
July 14, 1792
Materials & Techniques:
Watercolor and graphite with pen and black ink on medium, smooth, cream wove paper
Sheet: 5 1/8 x 8 1/2 inches (13 x 21.6 cm)

Inscribed in black ink, on mount, upper left: "223"; in brown ink, on mount, lower left: "July 14th, 1792."; lower center: "The Lakes of Llanberis__from the Road from Carnarvon | Going to Llanberis. Carnarvonshire."; in brown ink, verso, upper left: "View taken July 14th, 1792."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
clouds | horse (animal) | lake | landscape | man | mountains | path | rocks (landforms)
Associated Places:
Carnarvonshire | Cymru | Llanberis | United Kingdom | Wales
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IIIF Manifest:

By the nineteenth century, Chepstow Castle had long lost its original, strategic purpose intended by William the Conqueror in the eleventh century. Francis Danby specialized in poetic landscapes that were not grounded in biblical, literary, classical, or historical subject matter. This drawing, however, does not fall into his usual poetic landscape category, but instead is a detailed depiction of Chepstow Castle, one of the many stops along the Wye River Valley tour. Like many other Romantic artists of his period, Danby depicts the ruins as a vision of a desolate past, the expanse of beautifully shaded water accompanying a deserted Chepstow Castle. Edited out of the landscape are a glass yard and factory, which were built when the castle was leased out during the nineteenth century.

Gallery label for Art in Focus: Wales (Yale Center for British Art, 2014-04-04 - 2014-08-10)

Art in Focus : Wales (Yale Center for British Art, 2014-04-04 - 2014-08-10) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Fairest Isle - The Appreciation of British Scenery 1750-1850 (Yale Center for British Art, 1989-04-12 - 1989-06-25) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Duncan Robinson, Fairest isle : the appreciation of British scenery, 1750-1850, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1989, p. 11, no. 82, ND1354.4 F35 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Yale Center for British Art, Wales, New Haven, 2014, p. 20, V2519 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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