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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Clear Sky c.1828-40

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Clear Sky c.1828–40
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 177
Watercolour on white wove paper, 305 x 489 mm
Watermark ‘C Ansell | 1828’
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Inscribed in red ink ‘177’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLXIII – 177’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With no ‘image’ as such, but varying intensities of yellow preliminary washes, neither Finberg1 nor Eric Shanes2 ventures to suggest a subject as such, but the effect is of a bright, sunlit sky.
See Finberg 1909, II, p.828.
See Shanes 1997, p.103.
Blank; laid down.

Matthew Imms
March 2016

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘A Clear Sky c.1828–40 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, 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/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-clear-sky-r1183194, accessed 20 July 2024.