Joseph Mallord William Turner
Clouds and Rain over Water c.1820–40

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Clouds and Rain over Water
Date c.1820–40
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 307 x 487 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 80
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The Turner Bequest includes more than four hundred watercolours sketches which have been catalogued as 'Colour Beginnings' (i.e TB CCLXIII). While some of these works have been identified as preparatory ideas, or 'beginnings', for other pictures, many are actually studies of the sky, such as this memorandum of a group of rolling cumulus. Turner is unlikely to have painted these out of doors, and most probably produced them in batches in his studio, using them as a means of testing his skills in watercolour.

August 2004

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