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John Warwick Smith, 1749–1831

Craig y Ladron - The Thieves Precipice

Materials & Techniques:
Watercolor and graphite with pen and brown ink on medium, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Sheet: 5 1/2 x 9 1/8 inches (14 x 23.2 cm), Contemporary drawn border: 11 7/8 x 16 7/8 inches (30.2 x 42.9 cm)

Inscribed in brown ink, on mount, lower left: "August 14th 1797"; lower center: "Craig y Ladron _The Theives Precipice - within Bwlch Cock - on the Road from Dolgelly by | Llyn tal y Llyn, to Machynueth__Llyn y tre graianen immediately beneath the Precepice of Craig y Ladron. | Merionethshire."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
clouds | dog (animal) | genre subject | geology | goats | landscape | men | mountain | path | pond | rocks (landforms) | science
Associated Places:
Cymru | Europe | United Kingdom | Wales
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IIIF Manifest:

The Thieves Precipice depicts a landscape on the edge of Snowdonia and demonstrates the conventions of picturesque style. The sheer precipice guides the eye from the foreground to a clearly defined middle ground and background, which is further enhanced by the use of atmospheric perspective. The figures in the foreground are dwarfed by the surrounding landscape. A drama is playing out in the foreground: the gentleman dressed in red fails to restrain his dog from running after a cluster of sheep.

Gallery label for the 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]

Yale Center for British Art, Wales, New Haven, 2014, pp. 6-7, 20, V2519 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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