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Turf Cutting. A View from Cader-Idris Merionethshire. North Wales

Turf Cutting. A View from Cader-Idris Merionethshire. North Wales

Artist and engraver: Hassell, John

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1798

Shelfmark: Ktop XLVII

Item number: 63.2.c

Genre: Topographical Print

View of the Cader Idris Mountain in North Wales. Situated between the two valleys of Mawddach and Dysynni the mountain reaches its peak at 2,927 feet and marks the southern end of the Snowdonia mountain range. Cader Idris means ‘Seat of Idris’- Idris was a giant in Welsh mythology, and it is believed that the legendry King Arthur made the mountain the seat of his kingdom. In the foreground of this picture men are cutting turf- this would have been used in homes as well as in the manufacturing industry to fuel fires.

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