|Artist||Edward and Michael Angelo Rooker after Richard Wilson|
|Published||Published July 17th 1775 by John Boydell, Engraver in Cheapside London. (c. 1790 impression)|
|Dimensions||Image 355 x 510 mm, Plate 410 x 550 mm, Sheet 510 x 685 mm|
A view of the summit of Cadair Idris mountain in Gwynedd, North Wales. The scene shows a mountain top with a pool at the centre. It is surrounded by a semi-circle of rock which peaks in the middle of the scene. A second slope rises on the right and there is a view across the Snowdonia mountain range to the left. A man is shown looking through a telescope in the foreground whilst another man is sitting on the right with an open paper and a third man holds his horse.
Richard Wilson RA (1 August 1714 – 15 May 1782) was one of the pioneers of British landscape painting. He worked in Italy and Britain He painted in a classical style influenced by the works of Claude Lorraine and his time in Italy.
Michael Angelo Rooker (1746 - 1801) was a British painter and engraver. He was taught by his father Edward Rooker (1724 - 1774), who was a printmaker as well, and Paul Sandby at the St. Martin's Lane school in London. In 1770 he was elected an associate of the Royal Academy. He is best known for providing engravings for the Copperplate Magazine (1776 - 1777), its successor The Virtuosi's Museum, and the Oxford Almanack. Rooker was also chief scene-painter at the Haymarket Theatre in London. JMW Turner claimed to have learnt the painting technique 'colour scaling' by copying Rooker's Gatehouse at Battle Abbey. After Rooker's death, Turner purchased over a dozen of his paintings.
Condition: Vertical marks to sky area. Some creasing and minor tears to sheet edges, some foxing and toning to sheet edges.