Joseph Mallord William Turner

Studies of Skies on the Sussex Coast

c.1824

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 × 75 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18449
Turner Bequest CCX 78 a

Catalogue entry

Here Turner has rendered a series of cursory sky studies, most likely taken as he explored the River Arun and the coast near Arundel in West Sussex. The English Channel and the coastal town of Littlehampton can be seen from Arundel Castle (see Tate D18419; Turner Bequest CCX 63). The sky studies are annotated with various colour notes: ‘yellow’, ‘Blue’, ‘[?Warm Red]’, ‘W[hite]’; Turner has also inscribed ‘Black Horse’ in the uppermost view where the animal grazes by the river at right.
The sketches have been produced with the book turned upside down.

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2015

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