Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dark Clouds over the Sea ?near Boulogne

1845

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Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 238 x 336 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35399
Turner Bequest CCCLVII 12

Catalogue entry

In this watercolour sketch, accomplished without underlying pencil drawing, a dark sea and threatening clouds are divided by a central belt of ‘reserved’ paper to represent clearer skies in the distance. To the left, the dark shape on the crest of a wave resembles the hulk of a small fishing vessel. Robert K. Wallace speculates that this form may document a whale sighting and connects it to Turner’s current interest in whaling imagery, as discussed under the entry for D35391 (Turner Bequest CCCLVII 6).1
1
Wallace 1992, p.538.
Verso:
Blank; the sheet was not available for inspection out of its frame at the time of cataloguing.

John Chu
December 2013

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