Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study of a Cloudy Sky

c.1808–18

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 89 x 112 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D12238
Turner Bequest CLIV a 77

Catalogue entry

As set out under folio 7 verso (D12134), there are nearly thirty pages of cloud studies in this sketchbook, some, as here (inverted relative to the foliation), being annotated with colours and other observations.
Technical notes:
There seems to be no sign of John Ruskin’s usual red ink foliation; there are such numbers on most of the earlier pages (see the Introduction to the sketchbook).
There is a small tear at the centre of the left-hand (outer) edge, possibly caused by proximity with the brass clasp on the original cover (since replaced; see the Introduction).

Matthew Imms
September 2013

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