Joseph Mallord William Turner

?A Sky with Light Cloud

c.1828–40

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 306 x 490 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25273
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 151

Catalogue entry

Finberg interpreted the subject as ‘Clouds’,1 but the pale brown washes, whether deliberately manipulated or more or less fortuitous, are difficult to read as particular forms. The state of the sheet as noted below would render more definite comment as to Turner’s intentions largely speculative, and Eric Shanes has categorised the sheet as simply comprising undeveloped preliminary washes.2
1
Finberg 1909, II, p.826.
2
See Shanes 1997, p.103.
Technical notes:
The sheet is somewhat wrinkled and stained, probably as a result of the 1928 Tate Gallery flood.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by John Ruskin in pencil ‘AB 150 P | O’ bottom right; stamped in black with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right; inscribed in pencil ‘CCLXIII | 151’ bottom right. There is scattered brown staining.

Matthew Imms
March 2016

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