Joseph Mallord William Turner

Carriage Sketch of a Rainy Landscape, Possibly Würzburg

1835

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 × 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D30719
Turner Bequest CCCIV 47

Catalogue entry

This rough sketch shows a hilly landscape with what appears to be a river or road going through it. The diagonal strokes across the page are probably supposed to suggest rainfall, but may also be crossing out. Of the largely illegible inscriptions dashed off around the page ‘W burg’ | ‘W’ can be seen at top centre towards left. This may indicate that Turner depicts the outskirts of Würzburg, a town to the northeast of Nuremberg.

Alice Rylance-Watson
December 2015

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