Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study of a Cloudy Sky

c.1808–18

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 × 89 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D12134
Turner Bequest CLIV a 7 a

Catalogue entry

The majority of drawings in this sketchbook, nearly thirty pages, are devoted to studies of cloudy skies, including some double-page sketches. This is the first, made with the page turned vertically, with others on folios 10 recto, 21 verso–22 recto–23 recto, 47 verso, 57 recto, 57 verso–58 recto, 58 verso, 63 verso, 64 recto, 66 verso, 67 recto, 69 recto, 70 verso–71 verso–72 recto, 72 verso–73 recto, 73 verso–74 recto, 74 verso–75 recto, 75 verso, 76 recto and verso, 77 recto and verso, and 78 recto (D12137, D12153–D40852D12154, D12187, D12200, D12201–D12203, D12210, D12211, D12216, D12217, D12221, D12224–D12238; CLIV a 10, 21a, 22, 46a, 56, 56a–57, 57a, 62a, 63, 65a, 66, 68, 69a–70a–71, 71a–72, 72a–73, 73a–74, 74a, 75, 75a, 76, 76a, 77). Some, as in this case, are annotated with colours and other observations.
Technical notes:
There is an irregular, pale brown stain affecting most of the page, mirrored on folio 8 recto opposite (D12135), as well as localised brown spotting towards the top, where the drawing is rather rubbed.

Matthew Imms
September 2013

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