Joseph Mallord William Turner

Carriage Sketches of a Rocky Hill and Buildings between Teplitz and Prague

1835

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 159 x 100 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D30338
Turner Bequest CCCI 22

Catalogue entry

These slight and uneven sketches have been rendered with the book turned upside down and continue onto the folio opposite (Tate D30337; Turner Bequest CCCI 21a). They were likely dashed off as Turner travelled by carriage from Teplitz to the Bohemian capital Prague. The landscapes are hilly and mountainous, which suggests Turner may have been travelling through the Central Bohemian Uplands.
The inscriptions ‘[?Bilin] | Vilinbg’ appear at top centre, possibly referring to Bilin (now Bílina), a spa town close to Teplitz.

Alice Rylance-Watson
September 2015

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