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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Storm Clouds over a Landscape at Sunset c.1823-6

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Storm Clouds over a Landscape at Sunset c.1823–6
Turner Bequest CXCVII F
Pencil and watercolour on white wove paper, 242 x 345 mm
Watermark ‘J Whatman | 1814’
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CXCVII – F’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The dense but fluidly painted grey clouds against the pink sky over a darkening landscape, apparently with trees or hills on the horizon beyond an open plain or water, give a slightly lurid effect. The colour has been lifted out to give the effect of the last light of the sun catching the underside of the stormy clouds before dusk settles over the scene.
Compare St Michael’s Mount and Study of Sea and Sky (Tate D25434, D25479; Turner Bequest CCLXIII 311, 356) among the canonical ‘Little Liber’ watercolours, and Tate D17194 (Turner Bequest CXCVII D) in the present subsection.
Blank; scattered brown staining. Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in pencil ‘AB 79 P | O’; inscribed in pencil ‘5’ at centre; inscribed by A.J. Finberg in red ink ‘CXCVII | F.’ towards bottom right; stamped in black with Turner Bequest monogram over ‘CXCVII – F’ bottom left.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Storm Clouds over a Landscape at Sunset c.1823–6 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2016, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-storm-clouds-over-a-landscape-at-sunset-r1183683, accessed 24 May 2024.