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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 220 x 291 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20147
Turner Bequest CCXVIII 9

Catalogue entry

This study of a wispy cirrus cloud appears to have been achieved by first ‘rubbing out’ an area of grey watercolour wash at centre in order to reveal the original whiteness of the paper. This technique of Turner’s involved using soft materials such as blotting paper balled together, small chunks of stale bread or a clean brush washed out with water to rub out pigment to create a highlight. The cloud is given a little more depth by the addition of chalk and daubs of a darker grey wash around its mass.
Verso:
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘P[...] | Puffs or’

Alice Rylance-Watson
December 2013

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