Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study or Studies of a Cloudy Sky over Water

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
D12153
Turner Bequest CLIV a 21 a

Catalogue entry

It is unclear whether the drawing represents a single sky with upper and lower bands of cloud, or two successive views of the same formation. Towards the centre left is a small disk, presumably representing the sun or moon, with a wavy vertical line underneath, below what may be the horizon at the bottom left, perhaps indicating a reflection in water. The drawing continues across folio 22 recto (D40852, a torn stub) and folio 23 recto (D12154; CLIV a 22).
As set out under folio 7 verso (D12134), there are nearly thirty pages of cloud studies in this sketchbook, some annotated with colours, as here, and other observations.

Matthew Imms
September 2013

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