Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Carriage Ascending a Hill ?above Eu

1845

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 232 × 332 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35475
Turner Bequest CCCLX 17

Catalogue entry

Without the aid of an underlying pencil drawing, Turner’s brush-work here creates a brief anecdote of strenuous endeavour in tranquil circumstances. While a wooded plane or sea view unfolds in the distance, a rapidly described carriage ascends a high hill. The coachman’s arm is raised and the horses’ bodies inclined as if to emphasise the strain of the effort. The building with a spire featured in the mid-distance resembles the Collegiate Church at Eu, a landmark much featured in the Eu and Tréport sketchbook from the same trip. See, for example, Tate D35437 (Turner Bequest CCCLIX 2), or Tate D35439 (Turner Bequest CCCLIX 4).
For reasons set out in the Technical notes in the sketchbook Introduction, this work appears inverted in relation to the volume as foliated.
Verso:
Blank; except for small patches of watercolour transferred from folio 17 recto opposite (D35476; CCCLX 18). An upside-down ‘7’ is inscribed in faint red ink at the top left of the page.

John Chu
February 2014

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