Joseph Mallord William Turner

Clouds

c.1816–18

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 117 x 180 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40714

Catalogue entry

This is a small thumbnail study of a dramatic cloud effect, with various colour notes, now hard to read as the page is badly rubbed. The subject is similar to a study of sky over Hawksworth Moor in the Scarborough 2 sketchbook (Tate D11973; Turner Bequest CLI 18a) and the two sketches were possibly made on the same occasion. There are possibly other small drawings above the main sketch, all but completely erased.

David Hill
September 2008

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