J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Carriage Ascending a Hill ?above Eu 1845

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 16 Recto:
A Carriage Ascending a Hill ?above Eu 1845
Turner Bequest CCCLX 17
Gouache and watercolour on white wove paper, 232 x 332 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘17’ top left, upside down
Blind stamped with the Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCCLX 17’ top left, upside down
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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.
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

How to cite

John Chu, ‘A Carriage Ascending a Hill ?above Eu 1845 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-carriage-ascending-a-hill-above-eu-r1173571, accessed 26 January 2022.