Joseph Mallord William Turner

?The Coast of the Isle of Wight; Clouds over the Sea

1845

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 86 x 111 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35505
Turner Bequest CCCLXI 10

Catalogue entry

At the top is a coastal profile, with an inscription Finberg read as ‘I. of England’, but which might perhaps be ‘I[sle] of Wight’ (see also folio 12 recto; D35509). A larger drawing is inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, showing dramatic, billowing rainclouds over the sea. Compare the similarly slight studies on folio 9 verso opposite (D35504), and see the sketchbook’s Introduction for the many slight coastal views and inscribed studies of clouds and the sun over the sea scattered through it.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

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