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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Cart and Horses 1811

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 8 Verso:
A Cart and Horses 1811
Turner Bequest CXXIII 8a
Pencil on white wove writing paper, 75 x 117 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Ba[...]’ towards centre right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
There is possibly a figure at the back of the heavily laden cart on the left. Turner appears to indicate the tops of a consignment of upright barrels, and there may be a sign board at the front. The sketch is less clear on the right, and it is uncertain whether a coach-like vehicle or a pile of goods is indicated beyond the horses. It is possible to read the inscription as ‘Bass’, which could refer to the long-established Burton upon Trent brewer, or simply as ‘Bags’. There is no indication of the setting, but it may be a halt on the early stages of the journey to the West Country.

Matthew Imms
June 2011

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘A Cart and Horses 1811 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2011, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-cart-and-horses-r1136853, accessed 24 November 2020.