National Museum Wales acquires Pre-Raphaelite Welsh landscape

We've helped the museum buy John Ingle Lee's dramatic painting of the Panaroma View in northwest Wales.

John Ingle Lee, Sandbanks on the Mawddach, Barmouth, 1863-64 Courtesy of Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales

John Ingle Lee, Sandbanks on the Mawddach, Barmouth, 1863-64

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales has acquired an impressive Welsh landscape painting from the Victorian period with our support.

Sandbanks on the Mawddach, Barmouth captures the Mawddach Estuary, an area to the south of Snowdonia National Park in northwest Wales, from a vantage point known as the Panorama View. Described as 'one of the grandest views in Wales', the whole of the estuary can be seen in one glance.

Lee's piece reveals the full impact of the view and the vastness of the expanse ahead. Swirling rainclouds hide Cadair Idris from sight and create opalescent light effects on the waters of the estuary, where tide and river wash over an ever-changing bed of mudflats and sandbanks.

Surviving works by Lee are very rare, but are increasingly sought after as they become recognised as examples of an ambitious young Liverpool artist embracing Pre-Raphaelitism in its prime.

Stephen Deuchar, Art Fund director, said: 'This painting's subject matter and history make it a very appropriate acquisition for National Museum Wales, and we're pleased to have been of help. To see it alongside the museum’s other works evoking the striking beauty of the Welsh landscape will be a delight'.

The work is now on display at the National Museum Cardiff, alongside other important examples of Pre-Raphaelite art and landscape paintings of the time.

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National Museum Cardiff Cathays Park Cardiff CF10 3NP 029 2039 7951 museum.wales/

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