Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Study of Clouds; ?A Landscape or Composition

c.1830

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 98 × 76 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35813
Turner Bequest CCCLXIII 30 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, the outer half comprises a typical spontaneous study of clouds, the ‘Pink’ colour note suggesting a dawn or perhaps a sunset sky.
Towards the gutter is a slighter thumbnail sketch, suggesting a landscape or sky with vertical features, perhaps drawn the other way up, as there may be two illegible words inscribed within it, which possibly relate to the inscription on folio 32 recto opposite (D35814; Turner Bequest CCCLXIII 31).

Matthew Imms
September 2016

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