Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Sky Study

c.1823–4

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 190 x 111 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17829
Turner Bequest CCIV 39 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, Turner has used the upper third of the page for a study of the sky, centred on a disk, presumably the sun. The rough hatching and other loose marks around it are difficult to interpret, but appear to be a combination of clouds, rain and possibly trees. Turner’s brief pictorial note is augmented by typical colour annotations.
For other sky studies in this book, see the entry for the inside of the front cover (D40982).
Technical notes:
The drawing is a little disrupted by offsetting from the chalk and wash studies on folio 40 recto opposite (D17830).

Matthew Imms
November 2014

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