Joseph Mallord William Turner

?A Clearing Sky above a Landscape

c.1820–40

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Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 305 x 488 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25206
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 84

Catalogue entry

As Eric Shanes has noted, this sheet was called ‘“The blue sky” by Finberg, but could just as easily be a seascape’.1 It may represent a patch of blue sky opening through white clouds, while parallel horizontal elements in the yellow area at the centre may be the beginnings of an architectural form. Compare the similarly slight Tate D25295 (Turner Bequest CCLXIII 173).
Unusually, this sheet does not bear a stamped full Turner Bequest Roman section and Arabic suffix numbers at the bottom right corner, along with the equivalent red ink item number; the stamped numbers are often repeated on the verso, but this one’s being laid down prevents examination.
1
Shanes 1997, p.101; see Finberg 1909, II, p.820.
Technical notes:
There is prominent brown staining towards the top right.
Verso:
Blank; laid down.

Matthew Imms
March 2016

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