Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study of a Cloudy Sunset Sky over Dark Sea, with a Ship in Sunlight

1796–7

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Medium
Watercolour, gouache and watercolour wash on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 93 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01119
Turner Bequest XXXVII 2

Display caption

As well as copying paintings by Richard Wilson into this small book, Turner made many studies of fast moving, cloudy skies. Some of those depicted were clearly recorded in London, but the majority, including this page, were made on one of his visits to Margate. In these early studies he was already celebrating what he later considered the loveliest skies in Europe.

A facsimile of this sketchbook is available from the Tate Gallery shops.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

The composition continues across folio 2 recto opposite (D01120; Turner Bequest XXXVII 3).

Andrew Wilton
September 2012

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