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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Sea and Sky c.1845

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Sea and Sky c.1845
Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 107
Watercolour on white wove paper, 236 x 314 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘107’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCCLXIV – 107’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is one of a large number of sketches on loose sheets of paper depicting coastal terrain and seagoing vessels in various combinations. For the grouping and dating of these works to the middle and later periods of Turner’s career, see the section introduction.
Technical Notes:
Light brown marks across sheet. There are yellow spots in centre of page, perhaps caused by drops of water.
Pencil note reading ‘ccclxiv’. Stamped in black with the Turner Beques monogram and ‘CCCLXIV – 107’.

John Chu
June 2015

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Sea and Sky c.1845 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2015, 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-sea-and-sky-r1182891, accessed 25 May 2022.