Joseph Mallord William Turner

Studies of a Channel Storm; Sailing Boats off Channel Cliffs

1845

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 111 × 86 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35560
Turner Bequest CCCLXI 41 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, the slight studies at the top and centre appear to show clouds and rain over a darkening sea, presumably recording a storm over the Channel. At the bottom left relative to the other sketches is the skyline of a horizontal seascape continued from folio 42 recto opposite (D35561) where shipping is seen, possibly with a note of ‘Cold Light’ above cliffs on this page.
See the sketchbook’s Introduction for the many slight coastal views scattered through it.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

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