Ward R.A., James (1769 - 1859)
Wales; The Summit of Cader Idris. Pencil and monochrome wash. September 1807. Signed and inscribed in short hand. Inscribed by the artist on the old backing paper 'Top of Caderidris' [sic]. Provenance: 'Knowles' of Hanwell by 1951; Prudence Summerhayes (Mrs Turner), descendant of the artist; by descent until 2008. Exhibited: Andrew Wyld, 'James Ward', 2009, Cat No.39. 5x6.75 inches. Framed: 8x10 inches.


Ward and his travelling companion Thomas Garle climbed Cader Idris in September 1807. They were escorted by the mountain guide Robert Edwards in the hope of finding Ellis Thomas, the brother of Mary Thomas, the 'starving woman' who was something of a tourist attraction. At the summit he made a number of these drawings recording the dramatic views and passing weather.

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This work appears in the Exhibition: BRITISH WORKS ON PAPER 2024