View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
- Watercolour, gouache and pen and watercolour on paper
- Support: 140 x 192 mm
- Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLIX 79
From the second half of the 1820s, Turner began to use small pieces of blue paper as a support, both for his finished designs intended for engraving, and for the purpose of making informal sketches. The strong colour of the blue paper proved especially suitable for sky studies, such as those Turner made while exploring the rivers of Europe, and in the park at Petworth in West Sussex.
Gallery label, September 2004