Joseph Mallord William Turner A Donkey and Cart with Figures in a Landscape c.1823–4

Artwork details

A Donkey and Cart with Figures in a Landscape
From Old London Bridge Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCV
Date c.1823–4
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 98 x 162 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCV 24
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Catalogue entry

Whether from imagination or as a recollection of an incident on the road, despite its economy of means this quick study catches the whimsical character of an incident with a man raising his arms and whip to berate a rather forlorn donkey, with onlookers in an elemental setting. It is one of a sequence of fourteen monochrome, tonal studies of landscapes and cloudy skies running from about the middle of the sketchbook onwards; for the others and further discussion, see the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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