Joseph Mallord William Turner

Carriage Sketches of Scenery between Teplitz and Prague

1835

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 159 × 100 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D30339
Turner Bequest CCCI 22 a

Catalogue entry

These slight and uneven sketches have been rendered with the sketchbook turned upside down. 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 artist has inscribed largely illegible notes around each sketch, likely the names of towns or mountains. The notes reading ‘‘Lau[..]’, ‘Larrn’, ‘Larabgh’, and ‘Launr’ clearly refer Laun (now Louny), a town located to the south of Teplitz which Turner depicts on the folio opposite (Tate D30340; Turner Bequest CCCI 23).

Alice Rylance-Watson
September 2015

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