Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Cloudy Sky

c.1815–18

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 88 × 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D10643
Turner Bequest CXLI 34

Catalogue entry

Continued on folio 33 verso of the sketchbook (D10642). Although most of the other skies in this book appear to have been drawn at Richmond, and this may be no exception, it is worth noting that the cloud pattern and colouring observed here by Turner are a fairly close match to the sky painted in The Decline of the Carthaginian Empire (Tate N00499)1 exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1817. Given the presence of a composition study for the picture on the previous double-spread, folios 32 verso–33 (D10640–D10641) it seems possible that Turner took some hints from this drawing.

David Blayney Brown
July 2011

1
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.100–1 no.135 (pl.137).

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