Joseph Mallord William Turner

Stormy Sky with Lightning

c.1806–10

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Medium
Chalk and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 128 x 201 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05676
Turner Bequest XCI 59

Catalogue entry

More stormy skies follow on folios 60 and 61 of the sketchbook (D05677, D05678).
The incidence of these near sketches of Hastings and Battle is suggestive as Turner was later to use storms and lightning-blasted trees as metaphors for battle and the death of King Harold from an arrow, in his watercolour Battle Abbey, the Spot where Harold Fell (currently untraced),1 engraved by William Bernard Cooke for Views in Sussex.
The leaf is stained.
1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.348 no.423.
Verso:
Blank

David Blayney Brown
March 2011

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