Joseph Mallord William Turner

Clouds above a Landscape

c.1828–40

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Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 160 x 244 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25415
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 292

Catalogue entry

With cool and warm bands of wash worked over and into each other in this loose study, it is difficult to establish where the sky ends and what seems to be a combination of land and water begins. The pale ochre strokes on the left may indicate towers or sails on the horizon, giving a sense of the magnitude of the looming clouds worked wet in wet above.
Technical notes:
Eric Shanes notes that this work was originally part of the same sheet as Tate D25414 (Turner Bequest CCLXIII 291), a colour study of shipping watermarked 1828.1
1
See Shanes 1997, pp.94, 101.
Verso:
Blank; laid down.

Matthew Imms
March 2016

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