Joseph Mallord William Turner

Turner’s Cabriolet at Martigny

1802

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 214 × 284 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40208

Catalogue entry

This sketch is on the verso of D04494; Turner Bequest LXXIV 2 which has a view of Martigny; see catalogue notes for views of the town from this sketchbook. Here Turner has drawn the cabriolet that he and his travelling companion Newbey Lowson had bought in Paris for their journey and had sent on from Geneva to await them at Martigny. Later, referring to this sketch, he incorporated the vehicle in the foreground of his design for the illustration of Martigny for Samuel Rogers’s poem Italy (1830); the watercolour is Tate D27671; Turner Bequest CCLXXX 154. In this later image it is shown outside the inn, La Cygne, where Turner had stayed.

David Blayney Brown
September 2011

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