Wilson's picture shows the lake of Llyn-y-Cau, on the mountain of Cader Idris in North Wales. The mountainous landscape includes a lake and small figures who, like Wilson, appear to be admiring the view.
Llyn-y-Cau, Cader Idris
51.1 x 73 cm
Oil on canvas
Date of work
Original: Oil on canvas, 51.1 x 73 cm ® Tate, London
English painter Richard Wilson studied as a portrait painter, in the 1740s. In 1750 he travelled to Venice where he painted a portrait of Zuccarelli who encouraged him to paint landscapes. In Rome, by 1752 he had studied the works of Poussin, Claude, Dughet, and the Ricci. He was celebrated for being able to portray real and ideal landscape.