7. The Lodge, Bontddu
17.8 x 25.4cm. Fine-grained Daler Board with home-made reversed frame
On the reverse is written 'The Lodge, Bontddu, North Wales', in Ivor's hand. This is one of two Bontddu subjects which can be dated fairly accurately because he had not seen them before his first visit to the Harlech area soon after his son Geoff moved there in 1964. They are therefore amongst his earliest paintings and their less challenging small size would have helped him in creating some of his first images of buildings. It is likely that it was painted when Ivor and Winifred rented this cottage, in June 1965, in order to spend some time exploring the area. Together with his Bontddu Church, he is likely to have completed it during the same year. The cottage is shown as he experienced it. Close to farm land, its features suggest an old building renovated to include modern amenities for visitors. He makes good use of its brightly coloured blue bin as a counterweight to the blue windows and decorative barge boards.