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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Stormy Sky c.1807

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 3 Recto:
A Stormy Sky circa 1807
Turner Bequest XCVI 3
Pencil on white laid paper, 92 x 163 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Sunny at the bottom, Grey stormy and misty at top’ below image
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘3’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘XCVI 3’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Other sky studies are on folios 4 and 10 of this sketchbook (D05964, D05970). In so far as these depict land or horizon at all, they appear to be drawn in open country rather than on the bank of the Thames so might derive from the expedition to Hertfordshire when Turner used this book rather than from his spells of residence at Hammersmith (see Introduction).

David Blayney Brown
October 2006

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘A Stormy Sky c.1807 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, October 2006, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-stormy-sky-r1130138, accessed 24 June 2024.