Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Donkey and Cart with Figures in a Landscape

c.1823–4

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 98 x 162 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17879
Turner Bequest CCV 24

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.
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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