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

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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