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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.

September 2004