Joseph Mallord William Turner

Clouds over an Estuary ?with a Ship’s Hulk

c.1799–1802

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Ink and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 135 x 210 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04144
Turner Bequest LXIX 127

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the page turned horizontally, this is possibly one of a series that includes folios 3 recto and 12 recto (D03996, D04006), with pencil used as a tonal rather than a linear medium, and some white heightening. All appear to be views near the sea, though the geography differs in each. Here the flat landscape and the presence of a hulk suggest a location in the Thames Estuary.
Verso:
Offset from another page, perhaps not folio 127 recto opposite (D04145; Turner Bequest LXIX 128), suggesting that a different page may once have followed this one.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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