Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Team of Eight Cattle Pulling a Wagon (‘The Bullock Wagon’)

1827

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 141 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22760
Turner Bequest CCXLIV 98

Display caption

Turner was a regular visitor to Petworth House, the home of his friend and patron, Lord Egremont. The West Sussex estate was maintained by the Earl as a model centre for modern agriculture with arable fields and grazing for cattle, sheep and deer. These two scenes featuring animals are characteristic of a series of informal watercolour and gouache studies on blue paper which Turner made during a stay at Petworth in 1827. With minimal brushstrokes and lack of background detail, the artist has vividly captured the essence of a brief observed moment.

Gallery label, May 2007

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