Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Cart and Horses

c.1799–1802

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Ink and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 135 x 210 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D03999
Turner Bequest LXIX 5 v

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, this was apparently drawn on a wet foreshore, perhaps at Traeth Mawr, at the same time as the study, also in broad black chalk, on folio 105 recto (D04121; Turner Bequest LXIX 106). The motif of carts and horses on a foreshore occurs in the Liber Studiorum print Scene on the French Coast (traditionally known as ‘Flint Castle’), published in 1807 (Tate impressions: A00917, A00918); see the entries for Tate D08104 and D08105 (Turner Bequest CXVI C, D). There is a drawing of Flint Castle on folio 114 recto (D04132; Turner Bequest LXIX 115); others are in the Dolbadarn sketchbook (Tate D02013, D02140; Turner Bequest XLVI 14, 99).
The present drawing was not recorded in Finberg’s 1909 Inventory.1

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
See A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.I, p.170.

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