Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Cloudy Sky

c.1825

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 × 188 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18622
Turner Bequest CCXII 19

Catalogue entry

This is one of a sequence of twenty-five recto pages of watercolour landscape, sea and sky compositions between folio 9 recto (D18609) and folio 34 recto (D18638), many of which evoke quiet Thames Valley scenes with water in the foreground; for a checklist and general comments, see the sketchbook’s Introduction. Here the image is limited to the sky, with the slightest of washes, delicately manipulated. Compare the sky in the ‘Little Liber’ design Ship in a Storm of about this time (Tate D25432; Turner Bequest CCLXIII 309a).

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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