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J.M.W. Turner RA, Dolbadern Castle, North Wales

Dolbadern Castle, North Wales, 1800

J.M.W. Turner RA (1775 - 1851)

RA Collection: Art

On free display in Collection Gallery

When exhibited at the Royal Academy exhibition of 1800 the picture was accompanied by the following verse:

How awful is the silence of the waste,
Where nature lifts her mountains to the sky.
Majestic solitude, behold the tower
Where hopeless OWEN, long imprison'd, pin'd,
And wrung his hands for liberty in vain.

'Owen' is probably the Welsh prince Owen Gogh, who was imprisoned from 1254 to 1277 by his brother in Dolbadarn Castle. Turner depicts a bleak landscape with a solemn brooding atmosphere. The figures in the foreground are dwarfed by the immensity of the mountains.

Object details

Dolbadern Castle, North Wales
J.M.W. Turner RA (1775 - 1851)
Object type
Oil on canvas

1194 mm x 902 mm, Weight: 35.15 kg

Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
Diploma Work given by J.M.W. Turner RA accepted 1802

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