Joseph Mallord William Turner

Clouds

c.1799–1807

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 337 × 433 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02209
Turner Bequest XLVII 32

Catalogue entry

Finberg could not determine whether this sheet, used horizontally, shows mountains or clouds; it should possibly be viewed the other way up, as Ruskin seems to have thought. If so, the inscription would read ‘X7’. For his reference to the ‘Schaffhausen book’ see the sketchbook’s Introduction.
Technical notes:
For a proposed sequence for the leaves of the disbound Fonthill sketchbook, with this page as folio 34, see the Introduction.
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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