Ruins of Criccieth Castle and Part of the Town on the Bay on Cardigan. East View, Caernarfonshire

Ruins of Criccieth Castle and Part of the Town on the Bay on Cardigan. East View, Caernarfonshire

1790
John Warwick Smith
1749-1831
Watercolor over graphite on medium, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Sheet: 5 3/8 x 8 5/8 inches (13.7 x 21.9 cm)

English artists in Wales were enchanted by the ruins they found, many of them remnants of the conquest of Wales by Edward I in the thirteenth century. In this image of Criccieth Castle in North Wales, the grandeur of the ruins on the top of the cliff contrast with the quaint and quiet village. A ship sailing offshore may register a continued English presence in the landscape.

B1975.4.725
Inscribed in brown ink, on mount, lower left: "July 15th 1790"; lower center: "Ruins of Cricceith Castle_and Part of the Town | on the Bay on Cardigan__East View. | Carnarvonshire."; on verso in brown ink, upper left: "view taken Jully 15, 1790"
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection