Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sun and Clouds above a Low Hill

c.1799–1802

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Ink and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 135 x 210 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04147
Turner Bequest LXIX 129

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the page turned horizontally, this is perhaps part of a sequence that includes the drawings on folio 106 recto and 127 verso opposite (D04123, D04146; Turner Bequest LXIX 107, 128a). The technique, a bold and fluid pen line with hatching, is to be found in other drawings in this book, for example the figure studies on folios 19 recto–22 recto (D04013–D04016), and in the studies of Stonehenge on folios 79 recto and 80 verso (D04090, D04092).
It is possible, therefore, that this cloudscape was envisaged as part of a historical subject. See also the study of sun and clouds in pencil and white chalk on folio 12 recto (D04006), and those in pencil and white gouache on folios 126 recto and 127 verso opposite (D04144, D04146; Turner Bequest LXIX 127, 128a).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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