Joseph Mallord William Turner

Clouds and the Sun Rising or Setting over the Sea

1845

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 86 x 111 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35642
Turner Bequest CCCLXI 87

Catalogue entry

This rapid drawing shows the disk of the sun among clouds low over the sea, rising or setting. The even less coherent drawing on folio 88 recto opposite (D35644) perhaps shows another stage of the same event. See the sketchbook’s Introduction for the many slight coastal and shipping views and inscribed studies of clouds and the sun over the sea scattered through it.
The blank recto is inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘87’ and stamped in black ‘CCCLXI – 87’ at the bottom right. For numerous instances of blank, unaccessioned rectos in this sketchbook, see the technical notes in the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

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