Joseph Mallord William Turner

?A Clearing Sky above a Landscape

c.1828–40

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 308 x 489 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25295
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 173

Catalogue entry

Finberg read this slight sheet as a landscape including a ‘distant tower’,1 while Eric Shanes categorised it as a river scene,2 while noting that it may simply be a sheet worked a little to test the qualities of the paper.3 All that can be said from the visual evidence is that the blue washes presumably indicate a sky with some degree of cloud perhaps clearing away, while the pale grey-brown forms towards the bottom right suggest a landscape, possibly with some sort of natural or man-made feature rising from the horizon, assuming the irregular patch of wash to the right of centre had a definite intent. Compare the similarly slight Tate D25206 (Turner Bequest CCLXIII 84).
1
Finberg 1909, II, p.827.
2
See Shanes 1997, p.101.
3
Ibid., p.100.
Verso:
Blank; laid down.

Matthew Imms
March 2016

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