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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Cumulus Clouds c.1799-1800

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 1 Recto:
Cumulus Clouds c.1799–1800
Turner Bequest LXVI 1
Pencil on blue laid paper, 83 x 166 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘1’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘LXVI – 1’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This drawing was made with the page turned horizontally. See folio 3 recto (D03835) for another pencil study of clouds, and further sky studies, using white chalk as well as pencil, on folios 11 recto and 12 recto (D03843, D03844).
There are similar cloud studies in pencil and white chalk in the contemporary Dolbadarn sketchbook, including Tate D01995 and D01996 (Turner Bequest XLVI 2a, 3), and in the Studies for Pictures sketchbook (Tate D03996, D04006, D04144; Turner Bequest LXIX 3, 12, 127), as well as several in pen and ink.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Cumulus Clouds c.1799–1800 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-cumulus-clouds-r1180073, accessed 27 January 2022.