This work differs from the others in this subsection in being on grey paper, of the sort (along with various blue papers) Turner used to complement sketchbooks of conventional white paper on tours from around 1826 onwards. John Ruskin categorised this sheet among a selection of French subjects, ‘rich in colour, but not first-rate’;1 Finberg in turn suggested a ‘Moselle or Meuse’ river setting,2 while Andrew Wilton proposed that it ‘may have been made during or shortly after the journey to Italy in 1828’.3
Various other highly coloured studies from Turner Bequest section CCXCII have been identified as river and coastal subjects in Germany and elsewhere, but the landscape here is rather less developed, and any link to a specific location is elusive as Turner concentrates instead on clouds catching the pink glow of dawn or dusk.
Blank; inscribed in pencil ‘115 b’ right of centre; stamped in black with Turner Bequest monogram over ‘CCXCII. 75’ below centre; inscribed in pencil ‘CCXCII. 75’ bottom right.
The surface is slightly rubbed, with what may be traces of pigment offset from another sheet.