Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dark Clouds over the Sea ?near Boulogne

1845

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 238 x 336 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35400
Turner Bequest CCCLVII 13

Catalogue entry

This sketch, achieved without underlying pencil drawing, represents a yellow sea churning beneath dark cloud cover. Particular attention has been paid to the growing intensity of grey in the cloud on the horizon to the right.
Technical notes:
There is purple-grey staining to left of the page.
Verso:
Blank, except for an even margin of mottled brown discolouration at the extreme right of the page. There are also irregular blotches of brown and grey discolouration.

John Chu
December 2013

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