Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study of Rain Clouds

c.1813

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 88 x 113 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09891
Turner Bequest CXXXV 2

Catalogue entry

It is unclear whether there is an element of landscape towards the bottom of the drawing, or if it is entirely a study of heavy clouds. There is a similar drawing on the verso, extending over folio 3 recto (D09892–D09893). There are drawings in the Bristol area beginning on folio 3 verso (D09894), so it may be that these studies were also made there or nearby.
Technical notes:
There is staining from the leather overlapping inside the cover of the sketchbook (D41524). There is a small, ringed spot of foxing at the top left, also showing through to the verso (D09892).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

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