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The Hon Robert Fulke Greville's Phaeton crossing the mountains between Pont Aberglaslyn and Tan y Bwlch; figure mending the wheel of a carriage on a road within a rocky landscape. 1792-8
Watercolour, with pen and grey ink
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Height: 308 millimetres
Width: 433 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- There is an oil version of this subject in the City Art Gallery, Leeds, painted in 1798. According to Clay, the figure putting the rock behind the carriage wheel is Ibbetson.
R. M.Clay, Julius Caesar Ibbetson, 1948, p. 36.
There is another version given to John Warwick Smith at the National Library of Wales. Ibbetson toured Wales in 1792 with Robert Fulke Greville. There are over 200 watercolour drawings by Smith in the NLS, based on his tour in North Wales in 1792, bearing out the probablility that Smith accompanied Fulke Greville and Ibbetson. It is one of these that is similar to the work in the BM. It is inscribed 'Actual Occurence, on the steepest Ascent of the Mountain Road, between Pont Aberglaslyn and Tan y Bwlch, during a most violent Thunder Storm, which so terrified the Horses, that in consequence they here refused Collar'
L. Stainton, British Landscape Watercolours 1600-1860, 1985
In the summer of 1792 Ibbetson and 'Warwick' Smith accompanied Robert Fulke Greville on a sketching tour of Wales; this watercolour (the figures in which are by Ibbetson, and the landscape by Smith) depicts the crossing of the precipitous Pass of Aberglaslyn, with Ibbetson placing a rock behind the wheels of the phaeton to act as a brake. Ibbetson worked this subject up into an oil painting in 1798 (Temple Newsam House, Leeds), in which he heightened the drama of the scene by changing the fine summer weather of the watercolour into a thunderstorm - the artist contending with the elements.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1985, BM, British Landscape Watercolours 1600-1860, no.195
1991 Jan-Mar, Cleveland MA, Ohio, BM English Watercolours, no. 27
1991 Mar-June, N Carolina MA, BM English Watercolours, no. 27
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- Acquisition notes
- The vendor at the sale at Christies in 1966 was named as L. Duke and we are presuming this is L G Duke. The watercolour was purchased at that time by Spink.
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