Joseph Mallord William Turner
Storm Clouds, Perhaps above a Beach c.1840–5

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Storm Clouds, Perhaps above a Beach
Date c.1840–5
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 243 x 308 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 35
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Throughout his career Turner made endless quick notes based on his observations of the sky. Most of these were in pencil, but he often explored the progress of a particular effect through a series of watercolour studies, evidently moving rapidly from sheet to sheet in an attempt to capture the sense of a transitory impression.

September 2004

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