Joseph Mallord William Turner

Clouds over the Channel

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
D35504
Turner Bequest CCCLXI 9 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the rapid main sketch shows clouds over the sea or a low coastal horizon. See the sketchbook’s Introduction for the many slight coastal views and studies of clouds and the sun over the sea scattered through it.
At the right is a very slight landscape, apparently made with the page turned vertically and consisting of a few horizontal lines evoking the sea or a coastline, with a mark or brief inscription in the sky. Compare the equally slight studies on folio 10 recto opposite (D35505).

Matthew Imms
September 2016

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