Turner evokes blustery rain clouds over a featureless, vaguely undulating landscape. Eric Shanes has suggested Yorkshire as a possible setting, without further comment other than noting the sheet’s 1815 watermark,1 possibly in relation to Turner’s 1816 tour including that county, addressed by David Hills ‘Tour of Yorkshire 1816’ section in the present catalogue, when the weather was notoriously wet. There are a number of ‘colour beginnings’ which establish more specific landscape settings in relation to that tour, such as Tate D25255 and D25492 (Turner Bequest CCLXIII 133, 369).
See Shanes 1997, p.103.
Blank; inscribed in pencil ‘43’ centre right, upside down; inscribed by John Ruskin in pencil ‘AB 150 P | O’ bottom right; inscribed in pencil ‘CCLXIII. 140’ bottom right; stamped in black with Turner Bequest monogram over ‘CCLXIII – 140’ bottom right.