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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Storm Clouds c.1830-45

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Storm Clouds c.1830–45
Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 157
Watercolour on white wove paper, 221 x 271 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘157’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCCLXIV – 157’ 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 seeming to depict coastal terrain. In this particular sketch, it has been suggested that the scenery depicted may belong to Austria or the Italian Lakes due to the Austrian make of the paper.1 For the grouping and dating of these works to the middle and later periods of Turner’s career, see the section introduction.
Peter Bower, Turner’s Later Papers: A Study of the Manufacture, Selection and Use of his Drawing Papers 1820–1851, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, p.82 note 1.
Stamped in black with the Turner Bequest monogram.

John Chu
June 2015

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Storm Clouds c.1830–45 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-storm-clouds-r1182907, accessed 25 February 2021.