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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Clouds at Dawn or Sunset c.1820-40

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Clouds at Dawn or Sunset c.1820–40
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 271
Watercolour on white wove paper, 196 x 248 mm
Stamped in black ‘CCLXIII – 271’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The pink light catching the high clouds suggests dawn or sunset. Compare Tate D25190 and D25259 (Turner Bequest CCLXIII 68, 137).
Technical notes:
Eric Shanes has suggested that the sheet was originally part of a larger one from which Tate D25452 and D25514 (Turner Bequest CCLXIII 329, 390), two studies of light over the sea, also came.
Blank; inscribed in pencil ‘CCLXIII | 271’ bottom right.

Matthew Imms
March 2016

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Clouds at Dawn or Sunset c.1820–40 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-clouds-at-dawn-or-sunset-r1183177, accessed 06 April 2020.