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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Turner's Cabriolet at Martigny 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Turner’s Cabriolet at Martigny 1802
Black chalk on greyish-buff laid paper, 214 x 284 mm
Inscribed by an unknown hand in pencil ‘MARTIGNY’ bottom right, and ‘?no2’ middle right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Turner’s Cabriolet at Martigny 1802 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2011, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, August 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-turners-cabriolet-at-martigny-r1146467, accessed 19 September 2021.