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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Study of Clouds c.1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 15 Recto:
A Study of Clouds c.1819
Turner Bequest CLXIX 15
Pencil on white wove paper, 87 x 119 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Grey’ on cloud towards bottom right
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘15’ top left, upside down (faint and smudged)
Stamped in black ‘CLXIX – 15’ top left, upside down
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this study continues to the right across folio 14 verso opposite (D13773). Two small, rough disks towards the bottom left may indicate successive positions of the sun as it sets; rays appear to emanate upwards through the clouds from one of them. For other cloud studies, see the sketchbook’s Introduction.

Matthew Imms
September 2013

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘A Study of Clouds c.1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, September 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-study-of-clouds-r1147497, accessed 29 January 2020.