J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Colour Studies of Clear or Hazy Skies c.1816–40

Turner Bequest CXCVI P1, P2, P3, CCLXIII 56, 84, 132, 138, 151, 173, 177, 277, 277v
This subsection comprises ‘colour beginnings’ predominantly characterised by the openness of their largely undeveloped skies, albeit some include light cloud forms or indications of strong sunlight. Some include a band of relatively nondescript landscape, not developed enough for them to be included in sections elsewhere in the present catalogue such as the present author’s ‘England and Wales Colour Studies c.1825–39’.1
Finberg dated the whole ‘Colour Beginnings’ section to around 1820–30, but most of those selected here are here given a broader range between 1820 and 1840, reflecting the artist’s production of similar ‘colour beginnings’ in relation to dated projects during the 1820s and 1830s. In some cases where a watermark provides a terminus post quem, and in several related instances there is a consensus for a date in the late 1810s.
The author is also very grateful to fellow Tate Turner cataloguers Alice Rylance-Watson and John Chu for intensive discussions in late October 2014, when the contents of the sections of separate sheets then remaining to be catalogued were largely drawn up.

Matthew Imms
March 2016

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Matthew Imms, ‘Colour Studies of Clear or Hazy Skies c.1816–40’, subset, March 2016, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/colour-studies-of-clear-or-hazy-skies-r1183184, accessed 03 December 2021.