Joseph Mallord William Turner

Clouds at Dawn or Sunset

c.1820–40

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Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 196 x 248 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25394
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 271

Catalogue entry

The pink light catching the high clouds suggests dawn or sunset. Compare Tate D25190 and D25259 (Turner Bequest CCLXIII 68, 137).
Technical notes:
Eric Shanes has suggested that the sheet was originally part of a larger one from which Tate D25452 and D25514 (Turner Bequest CCLXIII 329, 390), two studies of light over the sea, also came.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed in pencil ‘CCLXIII | 271’ bottom right.

Matthew Imms
March 2016

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