Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Cart and Horses

1811

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 75 x 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08377
Turner Bequest CXXIII 8 a

Catalogue entry

There is possibly a figure at the back of the heavily laden cart on the left. Turner appears to indicate the tops of a consignment of upright barrels, and there may be a sign board at the front. The sketch is less clear on the right, and it is uncertain whether a coach-like vehicle or a pile of goods is indicated beyond the horses. It is possible to read the inscription as ‘Bass’, which could refer to the long-established Burton upon Trent brewer, or simply as ‘Bags’. There is no indication of the setting, but it may be a halt on the early stages of the journey to the West Country.

Matthew Imms
June 2011

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