Joseph Mallord William Turner
Clouds c.1819

Artwork details

From Aesacus and Hesperie Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXIX
Date c.1819
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 87 x 119 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXIX 33 a
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Catalogue entry

Finberg bracketed this page with folio 34 recto opposite (D13802) as if to imply the two were continuous, but they are separate though similar studies. The present one was made with the page inverted relative to the foliation. In addition to two brief notes towards the top of the sketch, a series of strokes at the centre suggest the word ‘Cold’, although such a reading may be fortuitous. For other cloud studies, see the sketchbook’s Introduction.
Technical notes:
There is prominent pencil offsetting from the opposite page (D13802).

Matthew Imms
September 2013

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