Joseph Mallord William Turner A Team of Eight Cattle Pulling a Wagon (‘The Bullock Wagon’) 1827

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Title
A Team of Eight Cattle Pulling a Wagon (‘The Bullock Wagon’)
Date 1827
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
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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.

May 2007

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