Cadair Idris (Penygader), Gwynedd, Wales
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Watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour and stopping out
24.8 by 38.5 cm, 9 ¾ by 15 inches
Jackson first exhibited North Welsh views at the Society of Painters in Watercolours in 1829 which would suggest he visited there in the summer of 1828. In June and July 1833 he travelled through Wales with his fellow artists William James Müller and John Skinner Prout. He exhibited many Welsh views in the 1830s and 1840s, the likely date of the present watercolour.
This is a view of Harlech Castle from the south, on the road above the village of Harlech itself. In the middle distance is the large tidal estuary of several Snowdonia rivers that spill into Tremadog Bay. The strikingly prominent peak is Moel Hebog with its distinctive pointed summit, whose view of which was often favoured by artists visiting North Wales.