Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study of Sky Above the River Aire

c.1824

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 75 x 118 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18400
Turner Bequest CCX 53 a

Catalogue entry

This is a view of a stretch of the River Aire, inscribed ‘air’ by Turner at rear, flowing in the direction of Armley (inscribed ‘almely’). Armley village was dominated by the estate of the wealthy cloth manufacturer Benjamin Gott; the artist depicts his house on Tate D18395; Turner Bequest CCX 51. Above the river is a study of sky, lively with cirrus, cumulus and stratus clouds. Turner inscribes the colours of light as ‘yellow’, ‘blue’, ‘white’ and ‘red’.

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2015

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