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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Clouds c.1808-18

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 10 Recto:
Clouds c.1808–18
D12137
Turner Bequest CLIV a 10
Pencil on white wove paper, 112 x 89 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘[?White | Clouds]’ towards top left
Stamped in black ‘CLIV (a) – 10’ top right, ascending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
As set out under folio 7 verso (D12134), there are nearly thirty pages of cloud studies in this sketchbook, some annotated with colours, as here, and other observations. This one was made with the page turned vertically. The rough strokes towards the bottom may indicate rain.
Technical notes:
There seems to be no sign of John Ruskin’s usual red ink foliation; there are such numbers on most of the later pages (see the Introduction to the sketchbook).

Matthew Imms
September 2013

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Clouds c.1808–18 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-r1147553, accessed 28 November 2021.