Wales, not only its mountain scenery but its country people also, was one of the most important sources of Cristall’s works and at least a seventh of his exhibits had Welsh subjects of one type or another. In 1802 he is reported to have joined John and Cornelius Varley at Dolgelly, where William Havell also arrived.
In 1803 he travelled and worked with Cornelius Varley, their journey seems to have proceeded from London through Gloucestershire and Herefordshire and thence on a north-westerly course, into Caernarvonshire, where, in the region of Snowdon, so many of their drawings, mainly landscapes, were made. His later Welsh drawings seem to have concentrated upon figures.
It is not clear if this landscape is a scene in Wales but it dates from the time of Cristall’s early visits to the country. He also painted landscapes in various other places including the Lake District, Berkshire and Scotland.
Condition: The drawing has been expertly conserved onto a sheet of thick white paper which has been cut to expose the back of the drawing. The watercolour is in good condition and has had no recent work done, the frame and the mount date from the 1970s or 80s.