Joseph Mallord William Turner

Clouds over the Sea

1827

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 74 x 100 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18065
Turner Bequest CCVII 39 a

Catalogue entry

Most of the page is dominated by scudding clouds against what Turner notes as a ‘mackerel sky’ (bands of high cloud); see also the note on folio 43 recto (D18072). There are written colour notes, and a low horizon, presumably that of the sea, with what seem to be masts and sails towards the left. For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the sketchbook Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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