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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Clouds c.1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 33 Verso:
Clouds c.1819
Turner Bequest CLXIX 33a
Pencil on white wove paper, 87 x 119 mm
Inscribed by Turner ‘Red cloud’ top centre and ‘Dun’ top left
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Finberg bracketed this page with folio 34 recto opposite (D13802) as if to imply the two were continuous, but they are separate though similar studies. The present one was made with the page inverted relative to the foliation. In addition to two brief notes towards the top of the sketch, a series of strokes at the centre suggest the word ‘Cold’, although such a reading may be fortuitous. For other cloud studies, see the sketchbook’s Introduction.
Technical notes:
There is prominent pencil offsetting from the opposite page (D13802).

Matthew Imms
September 2013

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘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-clouds-r1147524, accessed 18 September 2019.