Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Stormy Sky

c.1823–4

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Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 98 x 162 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17883
Turner Bequest CCV 28

Catalogue entry

Dramatic clouds loom over a plain or the sea; there is a very slight continuation on folio 27 verso opposite (D40963). This is one of a sequence of fourteen monochrome, tonal studies of landscapes and cloudy skies running from about the middle of the sketchbook onwards; for the others and further discussion, see the Introduction.
Technical notes:
There is a finger or palm print among the clouds towards the right, and more finger prints at the top centre, where the dark pigment has been lifted out while wet.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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