Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Cloudy Sky over a Landscape with Water

c.1820–40

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 168 x 244 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40146

Catalogue entry

This sheet’s Turner Bequest number is stamped on the recto (D25400; Turner Bequest CCLXIII 277) and the associated monogram on this side respectively as now mounted, but it is difficult conclusively to differentiate Finberg’s titles for the two, respectively ‘River, with mountains’ and ‘A stretch of sands’.1
The recto is less developed, suggesting a grey, overcast sky above a yellowish landscape, while this side comprises more varied forms with a cleared distinction between landscape and sky. There is a vague sense of water in the foreground with architectural elements possibly including a pier or waterfront and a tower below a line of hills.

Matthew Imms
March 2016

1
Finberg 1909, II, p.835

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