Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Cloudy Sky, ?with a Sailing Boat at Sea

c.1825

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 188 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18598
Turner Bequest CCXII 3

Catalogue entry

While the pencil cloud study here, with its various annotations concerning colour and light, was no doubt observed directly, the setting is less clear. There seem to be indications of the sea and perhaps a beach, with the tilting sails of a boat towards the right. In August 1825 Turner was abroad in the Low Countries, and it is possible that some of the studies on nearby pages were made while travelling, although others show the familiar scene from the top of Richmond Hill (see the Introduction).

Matthew Imms
December 2014

Read full Catalogue entry

Explore

You might like