Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Coach and Horses

1830

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 78 x 110 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22432
Turner Bequest CCXL 57 a

Catalogue entry

As part of unpublished Turner research informed by local knowledge, Dr Bernard Richards has suggested that this coach was observed in Dudley High Street,1 the likely setting of the coaching scenes on the recto and folio 58 recto opposite (D22431, D22433), presumably made on the same occasion. Here Turner lightly indicates the coach and its passengers at the centre, apparently drawn by three or four horses towards the right, with a separate, slightly more detailed study of the body of (apparently) the same vehicle to the left. For adjacent views of Dudley, see under folio 39 recto (D22395).

Matthew Imms
August 2013

1
Conversation with the author, 14 May 2013.

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